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With masterful storytelling, Bergland and Hayes demonstrate how Lapham blended his ravenous curiosity with an equable temperament and a passion for detail to create a legacy that is still relevant today.
In this long overdue tribute to Wisconsin s first scientist, authors Martha Bergland and Paul G. Hayes explore the remarkable life and achievements of Increase Lapham (18111875). Lapham s ability to observe, understand, and meticulously catalog the natural world marked all of his work, from his days as a teenage surveyor on the Erie Canal to his last great contribution as state geologist.
Self-taught, Lapham mastered botany, geology, archaeology, limnology, mineralogy, engineering, meteorology, and cartography. A prolific writer, his 1844 guide to the territory was the first book published in Wisconsin. Asked late in life which field of science was his specialty, he replied simply, I am studying Wisconsin.
Lapham identified and preserved thousands of botanical specimens. He surveyed and mapped Wisconsin s effigy mounds. He was a force behind the creation of the National Weather Service, lobbying for a storm warning system to protect Great Lakes sailors. Told in compelling detail through Lapham s letters, journals, books, and articles, Studying Wisconsin chronicles the life and times of Wisconsin s pioneer citizen-scientist."
|Publication Date||April 25, 2014|
|Primary Category||Biography & Autobiography/Scientists - General|