Jefferson's Shadow / Keith Stewart Thomson.
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- New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 
1 online resource (288 p.)
- Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 -- Knowledge -- Science.
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 -- Knowledge and learning.
Science -- History -- 18th century.
Science -- History -- 19th century.
- Electronic books.
- In the voluminous literature on Thomas Jefferson, little has been written about his passionate interest in science. This new and original study of Jefferson presents him as a consummate intellectual whose view of science was central to both his public and his private life. Keith Thomson reintroduces us in this remarkable book to Jefferson's eighteenth-century world and reveals the extent to which Jefferson used science, thought about it, and contributed to it, becoming in his time a leading American scientific intellectual.With a storyteller's gift, Thomson shows us a new side of Jefferson. He answers an intriguing series of questions-How was Jefferson's view of the sciences reflected in his political philosophy and his vision of America's future? How did science intersect with his religion? Did he make any original contributions to scientific knowledge?-and illuminates the particulars of Jefferson's scientific endeavors. Thomson discusses Jefferson's theories that have withstood the test of time, his interest in the practical applications of science to societal problems, his leadership in the use of scientific methods in agriculture, and his contributions toward launching at least four sciences in America: geography, paleontology, climatology, and scientific archaeology. A set of delightful illustrations, including some of Jefferson's own sketches and inventions, completes this impressively researched book.
Preface and Acknowledgments
One. Lost: One Large Moose
Two. The Man Who Could Not Live Without Books
Three. Schooling, Formal and Informal
Four. A Measured and Orderly World
Five. Science and the Mastodon
Six. The Natural History of Virginia and America
Seven. Mountains and Shells
Eight. On Fossils and Extinction
Nine. Europe and the Peoples of America
Ten. Natural History, Slavery, and Race
Eleven. The Color of Their Skin
Twelve. The Paris Years
Thirteen. The Practical Scientist
Fourteen. Climate and Geography
Fifteen. Redeeming the Wilderness
Sixteen. The Unknown West
Seventeen. ''His Theories I Cannot Admire''
Eighteen. Philosophers Unwelcome
Nineteen. Transcendental Truths
Epilogue. Measuring the Shadow
Appendix: Jefferson's Letter on Climate to Jean Baptiste Le Roy
- Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
- Publisher Number:
- 10.12987/9780300187403 doi
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