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March 29, 2009


Jim Hermanson

Another good book about ideas at the turn of the 19th/20th century, which features Agassiz as an exemplar of 19th century ideas that were being slain and replaced by new ones, is The Metaphysical Club, by Louis Menand. Not sure I totally buy the very specific premise of this book, but Menand makes his argument articulately and very readably.

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