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The Sounding of the Whale

D. Graham Burnett Ó 2 Review

D from library twice and gave up on 2 of the chapters Very dense half the text is footnotes Definitely well researched and detailed but I would have been satisfied with a 100 page summary and a less erudite vocabulary I enjoyed the chapter on British and Norwegian whaling and hipboot whale science and the chapter on America s interest in whale conservation i will probably never finish this book but god damn it is impressiveengaging oh my that was an ordeal i was expecting something entirely different basically a massive new textbook on Cetacea biology and environmental biology did i horribly misread the NYT review or did the reviewer not read the book misread the NYT review or did the reviewer not read the book that was not at all what D Graham Burnett was setting out to do in this doorstop of a tome he s some ind of crazy hyperacademic historian versed in disciplines i ve never thought to differentiate and certainly never contemplated by herodotus or gibbon i think it was around page 353that i loudly cried out TELL US ABOUT THE FUCKING WHALES for the first time i had no idea what he was talking about at moments like this and eventually just rolled my eyes and skipped forward a few pages i have not been so bewildered by terminology partisans #of strong program SSK since dating a poststructuralist women s studiesueer theorist a few weeks #strong program SSK since dating a poststructuralist women s studiesueer theorist a few weeks which yeah good luck getting a job with that but when not reveling in useless hieratics and frankly even they are inda wryly amusing because Prof Burnett is obviously uite brilliant and you re just like wow dude you really waste your brain thinking about this shit go do some semiconductor physics and he s an absolutely perfect technical writer at all timesexhibit 2someone needs transfix this footnote upon a sharp stick before it becomes self aware and destroys us allso why 4 stars nich o las you ask well friends1 there s still a WHOLE HELL OF A LOT OF hell of a lot of whale stuff among these 792 pages2 it is a technically flawless book3 he s linguistically classical as a motherfucker full of a deliciously eurocentric dead white man sprachgef hl that seems entirely out of cha. Owing egs of fat and fertilizer to playful friends of humanity bellwethers of environmental devastation and finally totems of the counterculture in the Age of Auarius When Burnett opens his story ignorance reigns even Nature was misclassifying whales at the turn of the century and the only biological study of the species was happening in gruesome Arctic slaughterhouses But in the aftermath of World War I an international effort to bring rational regulations to the whaling industry led to an explosion of global research and regulations that while well meaning were ua. ,
Racter learned references abound and he s not miserly with the actual Greek glyphs the guy s clearly read five pages for every one of mine and remembered twenty great fun this past fortnight cursing and digging out the ol OEDe24 absolutely encyclopedic regarding cetacean history5 he s a total dick lengthy footnotes just totally talking sweet smack about all the now nothing jabroni whatnots who ve come before him and he totally deserves to do so6 some great character studies here though highly dispassionate ones7 footnotes often give descriptions like address of some hoary timeless Norwegian archivist who s lived off butter crisps whitefish oil and Sterno for 30 years Baldersgate 11A N 026 Oslo Back bedroom under bed red folder Previously unknown in the literature you can say many things but you can in no way say Prof Burnett did not set out to write the book ofwhatever exactly it is and by God succeededin a term Prof Burnett might have used himself this is a fine example of stormannsgalskap if it weren t for all the bullshit i d even generally recommend it unfortunately i doubt anyone but another weird historian or fellow half mad cetacean crazy Samoans who ought be getting married instead of reading 800 page treatises on whale policing would read it and it s expensive at 45 leave this one on the Great Wish List in Heaven my friends had to remove the snap crackle on the Great Wish List in Heaven my friends had to remove the snap crackle science tag this book is absolutely not fucking around I m writing a review of this for wwwPalarchnl but will briefly comment hereAs a paleontologist that studies Whales I Found The I found the of Remington Kellogg to be my initial draw to the book But as a whole I feel now much connected to my science and the way in which it formed I can easily see how these people could think the way they did and the author deserves a huge credit for carefully illuminating those patterns of thoughts and feelingsI m thoroughly impressed it was well worth the length #and time it took to read it This is an enormous book and #time it took to read it This is an enormous book and t now if I ll get to every chapter but I ll try because his prose is gorgeou. Shed or widely flouted by whaling nations the first shot in a battle that continues to this day The book closes with a look at the remarkable shift in public attitudes toward whales that began in the 1960s as environmental concerns and new discoveries about whale behavior combined to make whales an object of sentimental concern and public adulation A sweeping history grounded in nearly a decade of research The Sounding of the Whale tells a remarkable story of how science politics and simple human wonder intertwined to transform the way we see these behemoths from bel. Some of you may remember that I really enjoyed Trying Leviathan about an 1818 trial in NYC about whether a whale is fish or not that book uses the trial lenses to explore how people at the time thought about whales So when I saw the same author had written a book about 20th century whale science I was excited But I didn t realize until I was given a copy of this book that it was giant over 600 pages Anyways this was amazingly meticulously researched book full of fascinating information I would have liked a bit focus on how ordinary people thought about whales and bit less committee process So part of this where a bit of a slog for me However if you are interested in the nitty gritty of how science and policy interact this book is a treasure trove Upon picking this up I thought it would focus on the actual work done on WHALES THAN THE POLITICAL HISTORY BEHIND THE WHALING INDUSTRY than the political history behind the whaling industry international regulation but I enjoyed it nonetheless I was expecting something along the lines of a study of whale behaviour not the history of whaling A great brick
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a book Professor has summarized the history of the science of whales elegantly if in occasionally excruciating detail The original whale experts had to work closely with the whale industry as it gave them access to the bodies and organs of these creatures while later on in the 20th century it was anti submarine warfare that gave scientists insight into the whales vocalizations and echo locations This is also the saga of the whales themselves approaching extinction as sources of meat and oil and then becoming the very symbols of the ecology movement There is much Emphasis Perhaps Too Much Placed perhaps too much placed the lives of the scientists themselves One should also be aware that almost half of the book is made up of footnotes so it would seem and even the author thinks that the footnotes themselves need footnotes I got through the book by ignoring them it made for a much smoother read But there is much to learn and ponder here for the student of the history of science First rate A tough read I rechecke. From the Bible’s “Canst thou raise leviathan with a hook” to Captain Ahab’s “From Hell’s heart I stab at thee” from the trials of Job to the legends of Sinbad whales have breached in the human imagination as looming figures of terror power confusion and mystery In the twentieth century however our understanding of and relationship to these superlatives of creation underwent some astonishing changes and with The Sounding of the Whale D Graham Burnett tells the fascinating story of the transformation of cetaceans from grotesue monsters useful only as wall. ,


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  1. says: The Sounding of the Whale Free E–pub

    Review Ý PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ó D. Graham Burnett D. Graham Burnett Ó 2 Review Read & download The Sounding of the Whale oh my that was an ordeal i was expecting something entirely different basically a massive new textbook on Cetacea biology and environmental biology did i horribly misread the NYT review or did the reviewer not read the book? no that was not at all what D Graham Burnett was setting out to do in this doorstop of a tome he's some kind of crazy hyperacademic historian versed in disciplines i've never thought to differentiate

  2. says: The Sounding of the Whale Free E–pub Review Ý PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ó D. Graham Burnett

    The Sounding of the Whale Free E–pub D. Graham Burnett Ó 2 Review Review Ý PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ó D. Graham Burnett A great brick of a book; Professor Burnett has summarized the history of the science of whales elegantly if in occasionally excruciating detail The original whale experts had to work closely with the whale industry as it gave them access to the bodies and organs of these creatures while later on in the 20th century it was anti submarine warfare that gave scientists insight into the whales' vocalizations and ech

  3. says: The Sounding of the Whale Free E–pub

    The Sounding of the Whale Free E–pub Some of you may remember that I really enjoyed Trying Leviathan about an 1818 trial in NYC about whether a whale is fish or not that book uses the trial lenses to explore how people at the time thought about whales So when I saw the same author had written a book about 20th century whale science I was excited But I didn't realize

  4. says: The Sounding of the Whale Free E–pub

    The Sounding of the Whale Free E–pub I'm writing a review of this for wwwPalarchnl but will briefly comment hereAs a paleontologist that studies whales I found the accounts of Remington Kellogg to be my initial draw to the book But as a whole I feel now much connected to my science and the way in which it formed I can easily see how these people could thin

  5. says: The Sounding of the Whale Free E–pub D. Graham Burnett Ó 2 Review Read & download The Sounding of the Whale

    Read & download The Sounding of the Whale Review Ý PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ó D. Graham Burnett D. Graham Burnett Ó 2 Review A tough read I rechecked from library twice and gave up on 2 of the chapters Very dense; half the text is footnotes Definitely well researched and detailed but I would have been satisfied with a 100 page summary and a less erudite vocabulary I enjoyed the chapter on British and Norwegian whaling and hipboot whale science and the chapter on America's interest in whale conservation

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    D. Graham Burnett Ó 2 Review Review Ý PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ó D. Graham Burnett The Sounding of the Whale Free E–pub Upon picking this up I thought it would focus on the actual work done on whales than the political history behind

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    D. Graham Burnett Ó 2 Review The Sounding of the Whale Free E–pub This is an enormous book and don't know if I'll get to every chapter but I'll try because his prose is gorgeous

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    Read & download The Sounding of the Whale D. Graham Burnett Ó 2 Review Review Ý PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ó D. Graham Burnett i will probably never finish this book but god damn it is impressiveengaging

  9. says: The Sounding of the Whale Free E–pub

    The Sounding of the Whale Free E–pub D. Graham Burnett Ó 2 Review Read & download The Sounding of the Whale I was expecting something along the lines of a study of whale behaviour not the history of whaling

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