Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society

The Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society is an academic journal published by the American Philosophical Society.

Articles from Vol. 155, No. 4, December

A Civilian Surveyor on the United States-Mexico Boundary: The Case of Arthur Schott1
ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENTS in the history of Mexico and the American Southwest was the establishment of the United States-Mexico boundary. Commissions appointed by the governments of the United States and Mexico surveyed and mapped the boundary...
America and Its Immigrants: A Game of Mirrors1
AFTER A LAPSE of more than half a century, the United States has again become a country of immigration. In 1990, the foreignborn population reached 19.8 million, or 7.9 percent of the total. By 2010, the number had grown to 40 million, or 13 percent...
Count Robert's "Pet" Wolf1
COUNT ROBERT2The Count Robert of Artois around whom this story revolves was the nephew of King Louis IX, the thirteenth-century French king later canonized as Saint Louis. The count's father, who died on crusade and whom he never knew, was Saint Louis's...
Deaths of Members Recorded through 31 December 2011
Year of ElectionBailey, Herbert S., Jr., in Chapel Hill, N.C., on 28 June, aet. 89 .... 1986Bell, Daniel, in Cambridge, Mass., on 25 January, aet. 91 ......... 1978Blumberg, Baruch S., in Moffett Field, Calif., on 5 April, aet. 85 ... 1986Christopher,...
H. C. Robbins Landon
6 MARCH 1926 * 20 NOVEMBER 2009HC. ROBBINS LANDON was known as "Robbie" to friends and colleagues throughout the musicological world. He was an extraordinary and devoted scholar of the Austrian composer Joseph Haydn and had a highly contagious enthusiasm...
Ihor Ivanovich Sevcenko
10 FEBRUARY 1922 * 26 DECEMBER 2009PROFESSOR IHOR IVANOVICH SEVCENKO died on 26 December 2009, a few weeks short of his eighty-eighth birthday, after several months of suffering from a crippling bone cancer. He had been married three times and is survived...
Joshua Lederberg
23 MAY 1925 * 2 FEBRUARY 2008WHEN JOSHUA LEDERBERG (known to friends and colleagues as Josh) died on 2 February 2008 the world lost one of the most extraordinary scientists of the twentieth century. It is difficult to write an adequate memorial for him,...
Members Elected in 2011
RESIDENTClass IR. Stephen Berry, ChicagoGraham R. Fleming, BerkeleyAlexandra Navrotsky, Davis, Calif.Kyriacos C. Nicolaou, La JollaPatrick Thaddeus, Cambridge, Mass.Class IIJohn C. Avise, Irvine, Calif.Marcus W. Feldman, StanfordSarah Blaffer Hrdy, Davis,...
Paul A. Samuelson
15 MAY 1915 * 13 DECEMBER 2009IN THE LATE SPRING OF 1942, when I was straightening a desk and changing arrangements in the main public room of the economics facilities at the University of California (Berkeley), I noticed an interesting group of new...
Ralf Dahrendorf
1 MAY 1929 * 17 JUNE 2009WHEN LORD RALF DAHRENDORF died in Cologne on 17 June 2009, the world lost one of the most forceful and distinguished intellectual leaders of the second half of the twentieth century. I use the generic term "intellectual" advisedly,...
The "Great-Claw" and the Science of Thomas Jefferson1
HISTORIANS OF SCIENCE have not paid a great deal of attention to Thomas Jefferson. Historians of Jefferson have tended to ignore his science or, at best, to view him as something of a dilettante - a great tinkeret, fascinated by inventions of every sort....
The Homeric Question Today1
HOMER IS ONE OF THOSE NAMES from antiquity that are familiar to most educated people, whether or not they have enjoyed any close encounters with those two great epic poems from archaic Greece, the Iliad and Odyssey. Now it is a feature of our human society...
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