Table of Contents:
  • "I saw visions": John Charles Fremont and the explorer"-scientist as nineteenth-century hero
  • "The evidence of my ruin": Richard Byrd's Antarctic sojourn
  • "A strange and terrible woman land": Charlotte Perkins Gilman's scientific utopia
  • "A unit of country well defined in nature": John Wesley Powell and the scientific management of the American West
  • "The earth is the common home of all": Susan Fenimore Cooper's investigations of a settled landscape
  • "The relentless drive of life": Rachel Carson's and Loren Eiseley's reformulation of science and nature.