Trying Leviathan: The Nineteenth-Century New York Court Case That Put the Whale on Trial and Challenged the Order of Nature

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  • Title: Trying Leviathan: The Nineteenth-Century New York Court Case That Put the Whale on Trial and Challenged the Order of Nature
  • Author: D. Graham Burnett
  • ISBN: 9780691129501
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Hardcover

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Trying Leviathan: The Nineteenth-Century New York Court Case That Put the Whale on Trial and Challenged the Order of Nature, ☆ Trying Leviathan: The Nineteenth-Century New York Court Case That Put the Whale on Trial and Challenged the Order of Nature ✓ D. Graham Burnett, Trying Leviathan: The Nineteenth-Century New York Court Case That Put the Whale on Trial and Challenged the Order of Nature, D. Graham Burnett, Trying Leviathan The Nineteenth Century New York Court Case That Put the Whale on Trial and Challenged the Order of Nature In Moby Dick Ishmael declares Be it known that waiving all argument I take the good old fashioned ground that a whale is a fish and call upon holy Jonah to back me Few readers today know just how much argument Ishmael is waiving aside In fact Melville s antihero here ta. ☆ Trying Leviathan: The Nineteenth-Century New York Court Case That Put the Whale on Trial and Challenged the Order of Nature ✓ D. Graham Burnett - Trying Leviathan: The Nineteenth-Century New York Court Case That Put the Whale on Trial and Challenged the Order of Nature, Trying Leviathan The Nineteenth Century New York Court Case That Put the Whale on Trial and Challenged the Order of Nature In Moby Dick Ishmael declares Be it known that waiving all argument I take the good old fashioned ground that a whale is a fish and call upon holy Jonah to back me Few readers today know just how

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Trying Leviathan: The Nineteenth-Century New York Court Case That Put the Whale on Trial and Challenged the Order of Nature

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  1. Just an amazing book that uses an 1818 court case, Maurice v Judd, to look at everything from science to law to economy in the early American Republic.Unlike other books of this type the case is not merely a framing device used reiterate a bunch of interesting factoids, but rather a central and essential part of the story, and eminently fascinating in its own right It centered on the question of whether a whale was a fish for the purpose of an inspection tax on importers of fish oil Burnett show [...]


  2. This book is everything I want in a history text Finding an obscure but fascinating piece and expanding it to highlight broad societal trends during the period In this case the book highlights a case where taxonomy had direct fiscal implications Drawing on whether a whale was a fish or not, this book highlights how four different groups of people naturalists, whalers and captains, merchants, and everyone else viewed the taxonomy and natural history of cetations While the stories themselves were [...]


  3. Except for being nonfiction, this was sort of like reading Moby Dick, but not quite as long It is the story of how the legal system in 1818 takes on the new science of taxonomy to challenge the view of the whale as fish Burnett looks upon the trial in great detail, examining the views of whalers, philosophers, lawyers, and the common man Held a half century before Darwin and a century before the Scopes Trial, Maurice v Judd reminds us that science is not static, nor is human nature.Lots of detai [...]


  4. Fascinating trial narrative in early 19th century New York, a commercial lawsuit pits popular against scientific opinion is a whale a fish The writing didn t engage me quite as much as I expected, but the research is thorough and the book works well as history of science.



  5. I would have given this book four stars had it not been for the author s trying ha ha practice of inserting puns and jokes in the text They were a little too clever, and a bit distracting.





  6. A little too dry for my taste Best chapter was the one describing the opinions of whalers and sailors.