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A Rum Affair: The Exposure of Botany's Piltdown Man (Allen Lane Science) By Karl Sabbagh

A Rum Affair: The Exposure of Botany's Piltdown Man (Allen Lane Science)
by Karl Sabbagh

In the 1940s Heslop Harrison announced another discovery of rare plants. His colleagues were suspicious, many believed he had invented his discoveries and one accused him of being a fake. Nothing was heard for 50 years. Sabbagh uncovered the report and in this mix of detective story, social history and scientific investigation unravels the story.
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A Rum Affair: The Exposure of Botany's Piltdown Man Summary


The story of professor Heslop-Harrison, a distinguished academic at Newcastle University, who, over a period of years, strengthened the evidence for his theory of ice-age plant survival by "planting" flora in places where it had never been found before, and then "discovering" it. His nemesis came in the form of John Raven, a young classics don with a fierce passion for botany, who believed that he had caught the eminent professor red-handed on the isle of Rum in the summer of 1948. The scientific community closed ranks on the affair, Raven's evidence was never published, and Heslop-Harrison's continued to to dominate British botany for the next decade. This book tells the tragi-comic story.

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GOR001694798
Title
A Rum Affair: The Exposure of Botany's Piltdown Man (Allen Lane Science)
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Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Paperback
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Year published
Number of pages
248
ISBN 10
0140278281
ISBN 13
9780140278286
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N/A
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