Book ID: CBB001212014

Alexander Dallas Bache: Building the American Nation through Science and Education in the Nineteenth Century (2011)


Jansen, Axel (Author)

Campus Verlag

Publication Date: 2011
Physical Details: 352 pp.; ill.
Language: English

Publisher: Alexander Dallas Bache (1806--1867) was one of the leaders of American science in the nineteenth century. Driven by a vision of science as a key component of an integrated U.S. nation-state, he guided the nascent American Association for the Advancement of Science and also led what was at that point the nation's largest scientific enterprise, the U.S. Coast Survey. In this analytical biography, Axel Jansen explains and explores Bache's efforts to build and shape public institutions as aids to his goal of creating a national foundation for a shared culture---efforts that culminated in his work during the Civil War as one of the founders of the National Academy of Sciences, which he saw as a key symbol of the continued viability of a unified American nation.

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Authors & Contributors
Slotten, Hugh Richard
Yang, Hui
Wilson, Rick K.
Weininger, Stephen J.
Wasserman, Elga R.
Stachurski, Richard
William James Studies
VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki
Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Studies in Dialectics of Nature
University of Wisconsin at Madison
Oregon State University
World Scientific
University of Illinois Press
National Academies Press
Joseph Henry Press
Science education and teaching
Societies; institutions; academies
Women in science
African Americans and science
Discipline formation
Bache, Alexander Dallas
Zinder, Norton D.
Wheeler, John Archibald
Ray, Dixy Lee
Peirce, Charles Sanders
Ostrom, Elinor
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, late
20th century
21st century
United States
North America
Great Britain
National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)
United States Coast and Geodetic Survey
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Zhongguo ke xue ji shu xie hui (China Association for Science and Technology; CAST)
Eastman Kodak Company
National Society of Black Physicists (United States)

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