Report of: Rachel Carson’s “The Sea Around Us”

Report of: Rachel Carson’s “The Sea Around Us”


This book was written by Rachel Carson (1907 – 1964), a marine biologist, conservationist, and author in the 1900s. While she is most well-known for her book “Silent Spring”, “The Sea Around Us” was a highly acclaimed popular science book written on oceanography.


Read the following –

Carson, Rachel (1950). The sea around us. Oxford University Press, USA, 1950. (or a later re-print).

Lepore, Jill (2018, March). The right way to remember Rachel Carson. The New Yorker, March 26th
This article is available online: (Links to an external site.)

Write a report of this book. The report must include:

Your opinion on The Sea Around Us. (30 points)
What is your perspective on the concepts presented?
Did you think the writing style was effective in explaining various aspects of oceanography, and in making oceanography exciting to a non-scientist?
What was the most interesting chapter of the book to you and why?
There is no right or wrong answer here, but your response must be thoughtfully written, and your opinions supported.

The Sea Around Us was written in 1950. Science is an iterative process; we make observations, develop a hypothesis that may explain the observations, and test the hypothesis with an experiment. We often obtain new observations, and come up with new hypotheses (that refute prior hypotheses) that may explain the entire set of observations better. (30 points)
What is an example of scientific concept presented in this book that we now believe is not true?
Name one groundbreaking scientific discovery (or new hypothesis) that we have made since the book was written.
Give one example of a topic or concept presented in the book that we learned about in class.
Write about the New Yorker Article listed above about Rachel Carson’s life. (40 points)
What are your thoughts on this article, and Rachel Carson’s life work?
What drew Rachel Carson to study Oceanography and Marine Biology?
What do you think inspired Rachel to write this book, as well as her other popular science books on Oceanography?
What is Rachel Carson the most well-known for?
Name the most interesting thing you learned about Rachel Carson from this article.

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