John William Dawson: Faith, Hope and Science

Portada
McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1996 - 274 páginas
Drawing on Dawson's correspondence and personal papers, Susan Sheets-Pyenson paints an intimate portrait of a pivotal figure in Canada's scientific heritage and a proper Victorian gentleman whose pious Presbyterianism, missionary zeal, and unwavering belief in the light of knowledge drove him on a quest to conquer ignorance, prejudice, and bigotry.
Dawson was born and raised in Pictou, Nova Scotia, where the many sandstone and coal formations provided fertile ground for his first scientific explorations and eventually brought him into contact with the leading geological minds of his day, Charles Lyell and William Logan, and culminated in the publication of Acadian Geology. He became principal of McGill University in 1855 and over the next forty years worked unceasingly to transform McGill from a "tiny, poverty-stricken provincial school" into a scientific institution of the highest rank. He was the only person to hold the presidency of both the American and British associations for the advancement of science. Dawson's energetic promotion of scientific institutions in Canada remains one of his most enduring legacies, particularly his role in creating the Royal Society of Canada.
 

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Dawson and the Light of Knowledge
3
Nova Scotia Roots
15
So Many Opportunities of doing good
26
A Real Horse Race
38
Good results in store
53
Stand by and grumble
73
None knew him but to love him
91
One of the deepest mortif1cations of my scientif1c life
107
A quiet middle course
136
Nova Scotia Revisited
149
Mighty trees from small saplings grow
165
Putting Montreal on the Scientific Map
180
Toward International Science
190
No More Toil
204
Notes
213
Index
269

A Mission of Popularization
119

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Susan Sheets-Pyenson is a professor in the Department of History and Geography, University of Southwestern Louisiana.

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