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„The singular state of the ice“. Das kartografische Wissen des Walfängers William Scoresby (2017)


“The singular state of the ice”. The Cartographic Knowledge of the Whaler William Scoresby. The English whaler William Scoresby, Jr. (1790–1857) made use of his annual voyages to the Greenland Sea for distinguished scientific work, detailed records and the production of amazing maps. Due to his intensive contacts to scientists as Robert Jameson and politicians as Joseph Banks and John Barrow his research achieved a great deal of attention and set a benchmark for at least half a century. Scoresby combined the adventurous world of Arctic fishery with academic sciences. He attained the northernmost point anybody reached in his time, he extended the cartographic knowledge and forced the conquest and utilisation of the oceans for commercial fishing. But his biography enquires also about who got an opportunity for research and for what. Especially it demonstrates the strong impact practical knowledge of a whaler could have on geographic research and Arctic cartography.

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Authors & Contributors
Sörlin, Sverker
Friedman, Robert Marc
Wråkberg, Urban
Wilson, Eric G.
Ries, Christopher Jacob
Nielsen, Kristian Hvidtfelt
Scientia Canadensis: Journal of the History of Canadian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Journal of Historical Geography
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
British Journal for the History of Science
Palgrave Macmillan
Ashgate Publishing
Polity Press
Museum Tusculanum Press
University of Calgary Press
Travel; exploration
Cold War
Scientific expeditions
Science and war; science and the military
Science and politics
Nansen, Fridtjof
Amundsen, Roald
Bernier, J. E.
Stalin, Joseph
Ahlmann, Hans Wilhelmsson
Koch, Lauge
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
17th century
16th century
Arctic regions
Polar regions
United States

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