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Why fish don't exist : a story of loss, love, and the hidden order of life.

Miller, Lulu, 1983- (author.). Samworth, Kate, (illustrator.).

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  • 0 of 3 copies available at Sage Library System.

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Summary:

"David Starr Jordan was a taxonomist, a man possessed with bringing order to the natural world. In time, he would be credited with discovering nearly a fifth of the fish known to humans in his day. But the more of the hidden blueprint of life he uncovered, the harder the universe seemed to try to thwart him. His specimen collections were demolished by lightning, by fire, and eventually by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake-which sent more than a thousand of his discoveries, housed in fragile glass jars, plummeting to the floor. In an instant, his life's work was shattered. Many might have given up, given in to despair. But Jordan? He surveyed the wreckage at his feet, found the first fish he recognized, and confidently began to rebuild his collection. And this time, he introduced one clever innovation that he believed would at last protect his work against the chaos of the world. When NPR reporter Lulu Miller first heard this anecdote in passing, she took Jordan for a fool-a cautionary tale in hubris, or denial. But as her own life slowly unraveled, she began to wonder about him. Perhaps instead he was a model for how to go on when all seemed lost. What she would unearth about his life would transform her understanding of history, morality, and the world beneath her feet. Part biography, part memoir, part scientific adventure, Why Fish Don't Exist reads like a fable about how to persevere in a world where chaos will always prevail." --Amazon.com
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Baker County Library 597.092 .J82m 2020 (Text) 37814003341709 NON-FICTION - NEW Book System_Only_3months 04/21/2021 Checked out 06/24/2021
Hood River County Library 590.92 MIL 2020 (Text) 33892100686048 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 07/10/2020 In transit -
Southern Wasco County Library 590.92 MILL (Text) 33892006362439 NON-FICTION Book None 05/15/2020 Checked out 06/30/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 1501160273
  • ISBN: 9781501160271
  • Physical Description: 225 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, [2020]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
A boy with his head in the stars -- A prophet on an island -- A godless interlude -- Chasing tail -- Genesis in a jar -- Smash -- The indestructible -- On delusion -- The bitterest thing in the world -- A veritable chamber of horrors -- The ladder -- Dandelions -- Deus ex machina.
Summary, etc.:
"David Starr Jordan was a taxonomist, a man possessed with bringing order to the natural world. In time, he would be credited with discovering nearly a fifth of the fish known to humans in his day. But the more of the hidden blueprint of life he uncovered, the harder the universe seemed to try to thwart him. His specimen collections were demolished by lightning, by fire, and eventually by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake-which sent more than a thousand of his discoveries, housed in fragile glass jars, plummeting to the floor. In an instant, his life's work was shattered. Many might have given up, given in to despair. But Jordan? He surveyed the wreckage at his feet, found the first fish he recognized, and confidently began to rebuild his collection. And this time, he introduced one clever innovation that he believed would at last protect his work against the chaos of the world. When NPR reporter Lulu Miller first heard this anecdote in passing, she took Jordan for a fool-a cautionary tale in hubris, or denial. But as her own life slowly unraveled, she began to wonder about him. Perhaps instead he was a model for how to go on when all seemed lost. What she would unearth about his life would transform her understanding of history, morality, and the world beneath her feet. Part biography, part memoir, part scientific adventure, Why Fish Don't Exist reads like a fable about how to persevere in a world where chaos will always prevail." --Amazon.com
Subject: Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931.
Naturalists > United States > Biography.
Ichthyologists > United States > Biography.
Educators > United States > Biography.
Stanford University > Presidents > Biography.
Biology > Classification.
Genre: Biographies.

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