Ed Ricketts, the Monterey Renaissance, and the Creation of Intertidal Ecology

  • Keith R. Bengtsson, History of Science; formerly Principal of Green College, UBC
    Coach House, Green College, UBC

    Tuesday, December 4, 5-6:30 pm, with reception to follow
    in the series
    Truth in Art, Imagination in Science
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  • Ed Ricketts (1900-1948) may be best-known as the inspiration for John Steinbeck’s character Doc Ricketts in the books Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday, but for marine biologists he is revered for writing Between Pacific Tides (1939).* The book, based on Ricketts’s observations of intertidal organisms along California’s central coast, was the first to embrace a community-level analysis of marine life based upon ideas from the emerging field of ecology. At the same time, Ricketts’s novel approach benefitted from his own central position among intellectuals belonging to the loosely described “Monterey Renaissance,” including Steinbeck, Henry Miller, John Cage, Robinson Jeffers and Joseph Campbell, as well as several biologists working at Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove. Indeed, Ricketts’s influential ideas represent the productive melding of imagination and investigation.

    *Now in its fifth edition, BPT remains the best-selling book from Stanford University Press with well over 100,000 copies printed.
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  • Unless otherwise noted, all of our lectures are free to attend and do not require registration.

 

December 4th, 2018 5:00 PM   through   6:30 PM
6201 Cecil Green Park Road
Coach House
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Canada
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