Patronage, Practice, and the Culture of American Science: Alexander Dallas Bache and the U. S. Coast Survey by Hugh Richard SlottenPatronage, Practice, and the Culture of American Science: Alexander Dallas Bache and the U. S. Coast Survey by Hugh Richard Slotten

Patronage, Practice, and the Culture of American Science: Alexander Dallas Bache and the U. S…

byHugh Richard Slotten

Hardcover | June 24, 1994

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In this book, Hugh Richard Slotten explores the institutional and cultural history of science in the United States. The main focus of the book is an analysis of the activities of Alexander Dallas Bache--great grandson of Benjamin Franklin. Bache played a central role in the organization of a number of key scientific institutions, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, The Smithsonian Institution, and the National Academy of Sciences. In the middle of the nineteenth century, Bache became the most important leader of the scientific community through his control of the United States Coast Survey, which he superintended from 1843 until his death in 1867. Under Bache's command, the Coast Survey became the central scientific institution in antebellum America. Using richly detailed archival records, Slotten pursues an analysis of Bache and the Coast Survey that illuminates important themes in the history of science in the United States, including the interrelationship among political culture, patterns of patronage, and the institutional practice of science in the United States.
Title:Patronage, Practice, and the Culture of American Science: Alexander Dallas Bache and the U. S…Format:HardcoverDimensions:244 pages, 9.29 × 6.3 × 0.55 inPublished:June 24, 1994Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521433959

ISBN - 13:9780521433952

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Preface; 1. Becoming a man of science; 2. Reforming American science; 3. Background to reform; 4. Mobilizing for government science; 5. Reforming the Coast Survey; 6. Providing patronage for American science; 7. Practising government science; Notes.

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"Slotten makes a major contribution....Slotten's sophisticated analysis clearly shows the central role played by maritime requirements in shpaing nineteenth century American Science. Maritime historians will welcome this important contribution." Dean C. Allard, The American Neptune