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Rachel Carson (1907–1964)

Autor de Primavera silenciosa

30+ Obras 11,334 Miembros 151 Reseñas 13 Preferidas
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Rachel Carson was for many years a marine biologist and then editor-in-chief of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service's publications. She was also the author of Silent Spring, Under the Sea-Wind, and At the Edge of the Sea. She died in 1964. Sylvia Earle is a marine biologist, oceanographer, mostrar más and National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence. Her books include Blue Hope: Exploring and Caring for Earth's Magnificent Ocean and Ocean An Illustrated Atlas. mostrar menos
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Obras de Rachel Carson

Primavera silenciosa (1962) 6,441 copias
El mar que nos rodea (1951) 1,947 copias
The Edge of the Sea (1955) 882 copias
Under the Sea-Wind (1941) 683 copias
The Sense of Wonder (1965) 614 copias
The Rocky Coast (1971) 44 copias
Man's War Against Nature (2021) 21 copias
De zee (2022) 6 copias

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Conocimiento común

Nombre legal
Carson, Rachel Louise
Fecha de nacimiento
Fecha de fallecimiento
Lugar de sepultura
Parklawn Memorial Park, Rockville, Maryland, USA
Lugar de nacimiento
Springdale, Pennsylvania, USA
Lugar de fallecimiento
Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Causa de fallecimiento
cancer (breast)
heart attack
Lugares de residencia
Springdale, Pennsylvania, USA
Southport Island, Maine, USA
Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Chatham University (BS|1929)
Johns Hopkins University (MS|1932)
marine biologist
nature writer
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Bureau of Fisheries
Premios y honores
Presidential Medal of Freedom (1980)
The Schweitzer Medal (1962)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (1953)
Constance Lindsay Skinner Award (1963)
Great Americans series postage stamp issued (1981)
Birthplace added to National Register of Historic Places (Rachel Carson Homestead) (mostrar todos 24)
Colesville, Maryland home designated National Historic Landmark (1991)
Rachel Carson Trail (Alleghany County ∙ PA)
Rachel Carson Bridge (Pittsburgh ∙ PA ∙ USA)
Rachel Carson State Office Building (Harrisburg ∙ PA ∙ USA)
Rachel Carson Elementary School (Gaithersburg ∙ Montgomery County ∙ Maryland ∙ USA)
Rachel Carson Middle School (Herndon ∙ VA ∙ USA)
Rachel Carson Elementary (Sammamish ∙ WA ∙ USA)
Rachel Carson Elementary School (San Jose ∙ CA ∙ USA)
Rachel Carson Environmental Middle School (Beaverton ∙ OR ∙ USA)
Rachel Carson High School for Coastal Studies (Brooklyn ∙ NY ∙ USA)
Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Montgomery County ∙ MD ∙ USA)
Rachel Carson room at Ariel Rios Building
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge (Maine ∙ USA)
Rachel Carson Coastal Reserve (Carteret County ∙ NC ∙ USA)
Rachel Carson Prize named for her (Stavanger ∙ Norway)
Rachel Carson Prize named for her (Society for Social Studies of Science)
Rachel Carson Greenway (Montgomery County ∙ MD ∙ USA)
National Women's Hall of Fame (1973)
Marie Rodell
Biografía breve
Rachel Carson was a marine biologist and vocal conservationist. Her book, Silent Spring, is often credited with being the spark for the modern environmental movements. Carson's work led directly to changes in pesticide and other environmental policies in the United States and helped lead to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.



Undersea - Nawakum press en Fine Press Forum (abril 2023)


it was interesting to read this both in an historical context, and to realize how much still needs to be done. but seeing where we were when this was written, and how brutal the effects were on the insects, birds, fish, etc, and how long it took them to do anything was honestly astounding (while also not being surprising at all). i can see why this was so necessary and world shifting/changing.
overlycriticalelisa | 96 reseñas más. | Dec 1, 2023 |
Classic by a Woman Author (BacktotheClassics2020)
Three Books by the Same Author (#mmdreading)

In this 2nd book of her "sea trilogy", Carson, with her lyrical prose, reveals the power, beauty, and complexity of the ocean and it's history. She does get a bit too technical at times. I started skimming at the parts where she droned on about pressure per cubic foot, etc. But really most of the book is very accessible to the the average reader, and even though it contains some outdated/inaccurate information, this book is still worth reading. Carson has an amazing ability to see the big ecological picture, how everything connects in the ocean, and how dependent we are on it. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on the tides and the creation of islands.… (más)
DominiqueMarie | 16 reseñas más. | Oct 22, 2023 |
20th Century Classic (BacktotheClassics2020)
Three Books by the Same Author (#mmdreading)

Wow! Reading this was like watching Planet Earth, Blue Planet, or pretty much anything narrated by David Attenborough. Carson has a way with words. That's for sure. I appreciate her lyrical style. This book covers the Atlantic Coast of North America, mainly by following the lives of a sanderling, a mackerel, and an eel. I admit that as much as I love animals and the ocean, I thought I was going to be bored during the mackerel section. I was so wrong. It turned out to be one of my favorite sections of the book! This is a book I know I'm going to re-visit… (más)
DominiqueMarie | 10 reseñas más. | Oct 22, 2023 |
The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson is a seminal work that captivates the reader with its poetic yet scientific exploration of the ocean. The revised edition, published in 1961, maintains the original's essence while incorporating updated scientific knowledge available at the time.

The Sea Around Us received widespread acclaim when it was first published in 1951. It won several awards, including the National Book Award and the John Burroughs Medal, and was a bestseller for a considerable period. Its influence stretched beyond academia to reach the general public, raising awareness about marine ecology and the environment. Critics and readers alike praised Carson's ability to blend scientific detail with poetic narrative, making complex topics accessible.

Key Takeaways

The book is organized into three main sections—The Mother Sea, The Restless Sea, and Man and the Sea About Him—each presenting a unique facet of the ocean's complex relationship with life on Earth.

Part 1 - The Mother Sea: This section delves into the origins of the Earth's oceans and how life began in the primordial seas. Carson provides an overview of geological processes like plate tectonics, oceanic currents, and the role these played in the formation and sustenance of life. It paints a picture of the ocean as the 'womb' of all life.
  • Key Takeaways:

    • The ocean is the origin of life on Earth.

    • Geological processes are integral to the ocean's character.

    • The concept of the ocean as a "Mother" introduces the reader to ecological interconnectedness.

Part 2 - The Restless Sea: This part focuses on the dynamic aspects of the ocean, like tides, currents, and waves. Carson talks about the balance and imbalance found in these movements and what they mean for marine life and climatic conditions. She emphasizes the ocean's ever-changing, restless nature.
  • Key Takeaways:

    • The ocean is a dynamic, ever-changing environment.

    • Natural phenomena like tides and currents have far-reaching impacts, from climate to marine ecosystems.

    • Understanding these movements is essential for understanding the ocean as a whole.

Part 3 - Man and the Sea About Him: This section delves into the relationship between humans and the ocean. It discusses the exploration of the ocean, its role in human history, and the impact of human activities like fishing and pollution. Carson subtly criticizes the human tendency to exploit the ocean without understanding or respecting its complexities.
  • Key Takeaways:

    • Humans have a long history of interaction with the sea, often exploiting it.

    • The impact of human activity on the ocean is considerable and often negative.

    • A call for greater respect for and understanding of the marine environment as essential for our own survival.

Message and Importance

As for its relevance today, the book's core message has indeed stood the test of time. While some of the scientific data may have evolved, the essence of its environmental message remains critically important. Our understanding of ecology and environmental science has grown, but the foundational principles Carson articulated continue to guide the field. Her focus on the interconnectedness of all life and the need for responsible stewardship of the Earth's resources is more pertinent than ever, given ongoing environmental crises like climate change and ocean acidification.

Carson's message from this work could be encapsulated as the idea that the ocean is not just a vast, mysterious expanse but an integral part of Earth's life system. Understanding its complexities is not merely an academic exercise but a critical factor in the survival and well-being of all species, including humans. This message is important because it elevates the conversation about environmental sustainability and calls for a more responsible, ethical interaction with the natural world.

About the Author

Rachel Carson (1907-1964) was an American marine biologist, conservationist, and author. She was a trailblazing figure, especially for a woman in the male-dominated fields of science and environmental activism during the mid-20th century. She initially gained fame as an editor and writer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and she held a master's degree in zoology from Johns Hopkins University.

At the time of writing The Sea Around Us, the post-war era was a period of rapid industrialization and scientific discovery, but there was also a growing disconnect between these advancements and their environmental repercussions. Carson served as a bridge between the scientific community and the public, making complex scientific concepts accessible to everyday people. Her writing career flourished in the 1950s, with The Sea Around Us becoming one of her seminal works.

Beyond this book, Carson is perhaps best known for Silent Spring, published in 1962. This book is credited with sparking the modern environmental movement and leading to a nationwide ban on DDT, a harmful pesticide. Silent Spring had a profound impact on environmental policies, eventually leading to the formation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In essence, Carson was a pioneer who used her skills as a writer and her background in science to communicate urgent environmental issues, challenging the status quo and leaving a lasting impact on both environmental science and public policy.


The Sea Around Us is not merely a book about the ocean; it's a profound study of our relationship with the natural world. Its message, artfully crafted by a pioneering scientist and writer, has stood the test of time and continues to resonate in today's environmental discourse.

Interpretation by Alex, a Voyager 2.0 persona on GPT-4, September 2, 2023.

Formatted for LibraryThing by the LibraryThing Advanced Formatter, GPT-4, November 14, 2023.
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