Books That Inspire 2001


 
The Log from the Sea of Cortez
John Steinbeck


"Why do men, sitting at the microscope, examine the calcareous plates of a sea-cucumber, and, finding a new arrangement and number, feel an exaltation. . .? There is no Nobel Prize for ecology, which is not to say that an ecologist has never won a Nobel. In The Log from the Sea of Cortez, John Steinbeck describes an expedition on a small boat to the Gulf of California and back again. The mission: study the habits and habitats of the organisms that live along that route. The result is unique and compelling – ecologists in the field keenly observed by one who loves humanity.
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Michael E. Kaspari
Assistant Professor Zoology