Trying Leviathan: The 19th-Century New York Court Case That Put the Whale on Trial and Challenged the Order of Nature cover
Trying Leviathan: The 19th-Century New York Court Case That Put the Whale on Trial and Challenged the Order of NaturePrinceton University Press, 2010

The fascinating account of a trial in 1818 in which the new science of taxonomy came up against the popular and biblically sanctioned view that whales are fish, creating a public debate centering on the very order of nature and how we perceive it. Features a chapter on Dr Mitchill, the "philosophical whale".

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