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Larson, Edward J. (Edward John)

Works: 100 works in 380 publications in 3 languages and 23,953 library holdings
Genres: History  Trials, litigation, etc  Biography  Trial and arbitral proceedings  Pictorial works  Illustrated works  True adventure stories  Biographies  Filmed lectures  Educational films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Speaker
Classifications: KF224.S3, 345.730288
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Most widely held works about Edward J Larson
Most widely held works by Edward J Larson
Summer for the Gods : the Scopes trial and America's continuing debate over science and religion by Edward J Larson( Book )

35 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in English and held by 3,711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Draws from new archival material, as well as historical and legal analysis to examine the many facets of the Scopes trial of 1925 in which the American Civil Liberties Union challenged a controversial Tennessee law banning the teaching of evolution in public schools, and considers the impact of that trial on the continuing debate between religion and science
Trial and error : the American controversy over creation and evolution by Edward J Larson( Book )

38 editions published between 1985 and 2003 in English and held by 2,824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An example of how changing public opinion and judicial doctrine affected both sides' fortunes in this lively controversy
Evolution : the remarkable history of a scientific theory by Edward J Larson( Book )

24 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 2,128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Larson traces the history of the contentious concept of evolution from Darwin's predecessors, like Cuvier and Lyell, to his early advocates, like Asa Gray and Thomas Huxley, and "postm odern" advocates such as Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Dawkins
An empire of ice : Scott, Shackleton, and the heroic age of Antarctic science by Edward J Larson( Book )

14 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,944 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Published to coincide with the centenary of the first expeditions to reach the South Pole, An Empire of Ice presents a fascinating new take on Antarctic exploration. Retold with added information, it's the first book to place the famed voyages of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, his British rivals Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton, and others in a larger scientific, social, and geopolitical context. Efficient, well prepared, and focused solely on the goal of getting to his destination and back, Amundsen has earned his place in history as the first to reach the South Pole. Scott, meanwhile, has been reduced in the public mind to a dashing incompetent who stands for little more than relentless perseverance in the face of inevitable defeat. An Empire of Ice offers a new perspective on the Antarctic expeditions of the early twentieth century by looking at the British efforts for what they actually were: massive scientific enterprises in which reaching the South Pole was but a spectacular sideshow. By focusing on the larger purpose, Edward Larson deepens our appreciation of the explorers' achievements, shares little-known stories, and shows what the Heroic Age of Antarctic discovery was really about
The creation-evolution debate : historical perspectives by Edward J Larson( )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,859 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Few issues besides evolution have so strained Americans' professed tradition, of tolerance. Few historians besides Pulitzer Prize winner Edward J. Larson have so perceptively chronicled evolution's divisive presence on the American scene. This slim volume reviews the key aspects, current and historical, of the creation-evolution debate in the United States." "By looking at the changing motivations and backgrounds of the stakeholders in the creation-evolution debate - clergy, scientists, lawmakers, educators, and others - Larson promotes a more nuanced view of the question than most of us have. This is no incidental benefit for Larson's readers; it is one of the book's driving purposes. If we cede the debate to those who would frame it simplistically rather than embrace its complexity, warns Larson, we will not advance beyond the naive regard of organized religion as the enemy of intellectual freedom or the equally myopic myth of the scientist as courageous loner willing to die for the truth."--Jacket
A magnificent catastrophe : the tumultuous election of 1800, America's first presidential campaign by Edward J Larson( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 1800 presidential election, the last great contest of the founding period, was so convulsive and so momentous for American democracy that Jefferson would later dub it "America's second revolution." America's first true presidential campaign gave birth to our two-party system and etched the lines of partisanship that have shaped American politics ever since. The contest featured two of our most beloved Founding Fathers, once warm friends, facing off as the heads of their two still-forming parties--the hot-tempered but sharp-minded John Adams, and the eloquent yet enigmatic Thomas Jefferson. Blistering accusations flew: Adams and his elitist Federalists would squelch liberty and impose a British-style monarchy; Jefferson and his radically democratizing Republicans would throw the country into chaos and debase the role of religion in American life. Historian Larson vividly re-creates the tension as Congress was forced to meet in closed session to resolve the outcome.--From publisher description
Evolution's workshop : God and science on the Galápagos Islands by Edward J Larson( Book )

20 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When Charles Darwin landed on the Galapagos Islands in 1835, he was the first to recognize that their isolation and desolation were advantages for a naturalist: Here the workings of nature are laid bare for study. Still, much more happened on these islands than Darwin's lone visit. Evolution's Workshop describes how specimen-hunting and science have supported each other (or not) on the Galapagos over the past three centuries. In lucid prose, Edward Larson introduces the extraordinary parade of top researchers who have studied on the islands, the warring institutions that have sent expeditions, and the major discoveries that have emerged as a result. He shows why these islands have been called the workshop of evolution: It is here that the tools and blueprints of nature are visible, and here that the great theories have been built."--Jacket
The return of George Washington : 1783-1789 by Edward J Larson( Book )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historian Edward J. Larson recovers a crucially important--yet almost always overlooked--chapter of George Washington's life, revealing how Washington saved the United States by coming out of retirement to lead the Constitutional Convention and serve as our first president. After leading the Continental Army to victory in the Revolutionary War, Washington shocked the world: he retired. In December 1783, the most powerful man in the country stepped down as Commander in Chief and returned to private life. Yet as Washington contentedly grew his estate, the fledgling American experiment floundered. Under the Articles of Confederation, the weak central government was unable to raise revenue to pay its debts or reach a consensus on national policy. The states bickered and grew apart. When a Constitutional Convention was established to address these problems, the other Founding Fathers realized that only one man could unite the fractious states: George Washington. Reluctant, but duty-bound, Washington rode to Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 to preside over the Convention. Although Washington is often overlooked in most accounts of the period, this new history brilliantly uncovers Washington's vital role in shaping the Convention--and shows how it was only with Washington's support and his willingness to serve as President that the states were brought together and ratified the Constitution, thereby saving the country.--From publisher description
The history of science and religion in the Western tradition : an encyclopedia by Gary B Ferngren( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 871 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spanning 5th Century Greece to today, this volume describes the relationship of science and religion throughout history. From ancient cosmology to modern physics, every major intellectual movement and discipline is covered
The Scopes trial : a photographic history by Edward Caudill( Book )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marking the 75th anniversary of the famed Monkey Trial over teaching evolution in the public schools of Dayton, Tennessee, photographs present images of the main players, dramatic events during the twelve-day trial, and of townspeople and visitors
The Constitutional Convention : a narrative history : from the notes of James Madison by James Madison( Book )

10 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 765 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1787, the American union was in disarray. The incompatible demands of the separate states threatened its existence; some states were even in danger of turning into the kind of tyranny they had so recently deposed. A truly national government was needed, one that could raise money, regulate commerce, and defend the states against foreign threats-without becoming as overbearing as England. So thirty-six-year-old James Madison believed. That summer, the Virginian was instrumental in organizing the Constitutional Convention, in which one of the world's greatest documents would be debated, created, and signed. Inspired by a sense of history in the making, he kept the most extensive notes of any attendee. Now two esteemed scholars have made these minutes accessible to everyone. Presented with modern punctuation and spelling, judicious cuts, and helpful notes-plus fascinating background information on every delegate and an overview of the tumultuous times-here is the great drama of how the Constitution came to be, from the opening statements to the final votes. --Publisher
Sex, race, and science : eugenics in the deep South by Edward J Larson( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Larson shows how the seemingly broad-based eugenics movement was in fact a series of distinct campaigns for legislation at the state level - campaigns that could often be traced to the efforts of a small group of determined individuals. Explaining how these efforts shaped state policies, he places them within a broader cultural context by describing the workings of Southern state legislatures, the role played by such organizations as women's clubs, and the distinctly Southern cultural forces that helped or hindered the implementation of eugenic reforms
To the edges of the Earth : 1909, the race for the three poles, and the climax of the age of exploration by Edward J Larson( Book )

3 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, an entwined narrative of the most adventurous year of all time, when three expeditions simultaneously raced to the top, bottom, and heights of the world. As 1909 dawned, the greatest jewels of exploration--set at the world's frozen extremes--lay unclaimed: the North and South Poles and the so-called Third Pole, the "pole of altitude," located in unexplored heights of the Himalayas. Before the calendar turned, three expeditions had faced death, mutiny, and the harshest conditions on the planet to plant flags at the furthest edges of the Earth. In the course of one extraordinary year, Americans Robert Peary and Matthew Henson were hailed worldwide as the discoverers of the North Pole; Britain's Ernest Shackleton had set a new geographic farthest-south record, while his expedition mate, Australian Douglas Mawson, had reached the south magnetic pole; and at the roof of the world, Italy's Duke of the Abruzzi had attained an altitude record that would stand for a generation, the result of the first major mountaineering expedition to the Himalaya's eastern Karakoram, where the daring aristocrat attempted K2 and established the standard route up the most notorious mountain on the planet. Drawing on extensive archival and on-the-ground research, Edward J. Larson weaves these narratives into one thrilling adventure-story. Larson, author of the acclaimed polar history Empire of Ice, draws on his own voyages to the Himalayas; the Arctic; and the ice sheets of the Antarctic, where he himself reached the South Pole and lived in Shackleton's Cape Royds hut as a fellow in the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. These three legendary expeditions--overlapping in time, danger, and stakes--were glorified upon their return, their leaders celebrated as the preeminent heroes of their day. Stripping away the myth, Larson, a master historian, illuminates one of the great, overlooked tales of exploration, revealing the extraordinary human achievement at the heart of these journeys."--Jacket
A magnificent catastrophe : the tumultuous election of 1800, America's first presidential campaign by Edward J Larson( )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A retelling of the presidential election campaign between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson describes the fierce rivalry that was called "America's Second Revolution" and reveals the pivotal roles played by Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr
A different death : euthanasia & the Christian tradition by Edward J Larson( Book )

4 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in English and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fueled by controversies surrounding right-to-die activists, the debate over euthanasia occupies central stage in today's social arena. Christians have long been concerned with this issue, but A Different Death is the first comprehensive attempt to consider it in its historical, legal, ethical and theological aspects
On faith and science by Edward J Larson( Book )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Throughout history, scientific discovery has interacted with religious belief, creating comment, controversy, and sometimes violent dispute. In this enlightening and accessible volume, distinguished historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward Larson joins forces with Michael Ruse, philosopher of science and Gifford Lecturer, to offer distinctive perspectives on the sometimes contentious, sometimes conciliatory, and always complex relationship between science and religion. The authors explore how scientists, philosophers, and theologians through time approached vitally important topics, including cosmology, geology, evolution, genetics, neurobiology, gender, and the environment. Broaching their subjects from both historical and philosophical perspectives and taking a global, cross-cultural approach, Larson and Ruse avoid rancor and polemic as they address many of the core issues currently under debate by the adherents of science and the advocates of faith. In so doing, they shed new light on the richly diverse field of ideas at the crossroads where science meets spiritual belief"--Jacket
The theory of evolution : a history of controversy by Edward J Larson( Recording )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This course is an enriching examination of the varied elements that so often make this science the object of strong sentiments and heated debate
Euthanasia : spiritual, medical & legal issues in terminal health care by Beth Spring( Book )

4 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Beth Spring and Ed Larson provide an eye-opening overview of the debate over euthanasia, which soon may rival abortion controversy. Their helpful assessment of current theological, medical, social, and legal attitudes toward the dying, graphically illustrated by actual case studies, underscores the ethical dilemma we now face"--Back cover
The theory of evolution : a history of controversy by Edward J Larson( Visual )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve lectures by Edward J. Larson on human evolution
George Washington, nationalist by Edward J Larson( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Washington was the unanimous choice of his fellow founders for president, and he is remembered to this day as an exceptional leader, but how exactly did this manifest itself during his lifetime? In George Washington, Nationalist, acclaimed author Edward J. Larson reveals the fascinating backstory of Washingtons leadership in the political, legal, and economic consolidation of the new nation, spotlighting his crucial role in forming a more perfect union. The years following the American Revolution were a critical period in American history, when the newly independent states teetered toward disunion under the Articles of Confederation. Looking at a selection of Washingtons most pivotal acts--including conferring with like-minded nationalists, establishing navigational rights on the Potomac, and quelling the near uprising of unpaid revolutionary troops against the Confederation Congress--Larson shows Washington's central role in the drive for reform leading up to the Constitutional Convention. His leadership at that historic convention, followed by his mostly behind-the-scenes efforts in the ratification process and the first federal election, and culminating in his inauguration as president, complete the picture of Washington as the nation's first citizen. This important and deeply researched book brings Washington's unique gift for leadership to life for modern readers, offering a timely addition to the growing body of literature on the Constitution, presidential leadership, executive power, and state-federal relations. --
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Summer for the Gods : the Scopes trial and America's continuing debate over science and religion
Trial and error : the American controversy over creation and evolutionEvolution : the remarkable history of a scientific theoryAn empire of ice : Scott, Shackleton, and the heroic age of Antarctic scienceThe creation-evolution debate : historical perspectivesA magnificent catastrophe : the tumultuous election of 1800, America's first presidential campaignEvolution's workshop : God and science on the Galápagos IslandsThe history of science and religion in the Western tradition : an encyclopediaThe Scopes trial : a photographic history
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