Friday, December 14, 2007

Louis Agassiz

Today is the anniversary of the death in 1873 of Louis Agassiz. I discovered Louis Agassiz when I was doing a series of readings in Natural History. He was the first to propose in a scientific journal the theory that there had been an early ice age. There is a short biography and an overview here, here and here. The Victorian Web has a page on him. He wrote what really amounts to a travel narrative in his 1868 A Journey in Brazil.

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