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Dr Mitchill and the Mathematical Tetrodon

- September 16, 2015 in early Republic, fish, Ichthyology, new york, Science & Medicine

One of the early Republic's great polymaths, New Yorker Samuel L. Mitchill was a man with a finger in many a pie, including medicine, science, natural history, and politics. Dr Kevin Dann argues that Mitchill's peculiar brand of curiosity can best be seen in his study of fish and the attention he gives one seemingly unassuming specimen.