Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man by Dale Peterson

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Jane Goodall:  The Woman Who Redefined Man by Dale Peterson is a 740-page hardcover published in 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Company.  The book is in very good condition.

Book Summary

When Louis Leakey first heard about Jane Goodall's discovery that chimps fashion and use tools, he sent her a telegram:  "Now we must redefine tool, redefine man, or accept chimpanzees as human."  Until that moment, Leakey, like many  of his scientific peers, had relied on the standard definition of human:  man the toolmaker.

But when Goodall first presented her discoveries as a scientific conference, she was ridiculed by the powerful chairman, who warned one of his distinguished colleagues not to be misled by her "glamour."  She was too young, too blond, too pretty to be a serious scientist, and worse yet, she had virtually no formal scientific training.  She had been a secretarial school graduate when Leakey, unable to find someone with the right credentials, sent her out to study chimps.  And once she was in the field, she couldn't tell her what to do--nobody could--because no one before had made such an intensive and long-term study of wild apes.

Dale Peterson shows clearly and convincingly how truly remarkable Goodall's accomplishments have been and how unlikely it is that anyone else could have duplicated them.  This magisterial biography will be a revelation even to readers who are familiar with the public Dr. Goodall as presented in her own writing. 

ISBN:  978-0-395-85405-1