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Writing naturally : a memoir

Author: William Sargent
Publisher: Hanover [N.H.] : University Press of New England, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"William Sargent, relative of the painter John Singer Sargent and son of a former governor of Massachusetts, was primed early for a career in politics, but since boyhood he was far more interested in science than in traditional forms of public service. Nonetheless, at Harvard University he declared himself a government major - a plan that gave way the day he had lunch at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Autobiographies
Biography
Named Person: William Sargent; William Sargent
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Sargent
ISBN: 1584654686 9781584654681
OCLC Number: 65201214
Description: viii, 144 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Beginnings --
Pleasant bay (1950s) --
Expanding horizons (1954-1959) --
Adolescent senescence (1960-1965) --
College --
Observing the molecular wars : my early college years (1965-1967) --
The Atlantis II (1967) --
The Simian seminars (1967-1970) --
The undergraduate years (1967-1970) --
Desecheo (1969) --
Getting started --
At sea and wet behind the ears : writing and graduate school (1970-1971) --
Cape Cod or Caracas? think global, write local! (1970-1980) --
Shallow waters (1979-1980) --
Confessions of a horseshoe crab farmer (1980-1982) --
Woods hole (1981-1990) --
Writing naturally --
Storm surge --
Hard times --
A year in the notch : using science to write about nature (1998-1999) --
Crab wars : investigative reporting (2000-2001) --
Vaccine chronicles : the book that never got published (2001-2002) --
The house on Ipswich Marsh (2003-2004).
Responsibility: William Sargent.
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"William Sargent, relative of the painter John Singer Sargent and son of a former governor of Massachusetts, was primed early for a career in politics, but since boyhood he was far more interested in science than in traditional forms of public service. Nonetheless, at Harvard University he declared himself a government major - a plan that gave way the day he had lunch at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology, where huge plaster casts of dinosaur tracks and the smell of formaldehyde triggered in the freshman his inborn love of nature. Sargent immediately switched from government to biology. As a science major in the 1960s, Sargent enjoyed the instruction and guidance of such luminaries as E.O. Wilson, James Watson, Jane Goodall, Louis Leakey, and Stephen Jay Gould, all pioneers in their respective fields." "As a sophomore, Sargent joined a crew of scientists and sailors on a six-month cruise, collecting plankton off the coasts of South America, Africa, and the Baltic region. The voyage whetted Sargent's taste for travel and sharpened his eye to the diversity of the natural world. Since then, and for more than thirty years, his subjects have ranged from horseshoe crabs on Cape Cod to Rhesus monkeys off Puerto Rico to the intimate ecology of the Massachusetts marsh where he lives. Pursuing the biological and natural sciences as a journalist, author, and filmmaker, Sargent has remained firm in his principal quest: to make the natural world accessible to all." "Writing Naturally braids together three themes. It is a personal narrative of the author's life, paying attention to his long-term interest in science; it is an accessible look at the evolution of biology over the past thirty years (from an academic backwater to a powerful academic industrial complex); and it is a guide for writing about science and nature."--Jacket.

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