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A Rum affair : a true story of botanical fraud, Karl Sabbagh, (electronic resource eBook)

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A Rum affair : a true story of botanical fraud
Title
A Rum affair
Title remainder
a true story of botanical fraud
Statement of responsibility
Karl Sabbagh
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The mysterious Isle of Rum is one of the Inner Hebrides situated off the west coast of Scotland. Rugged, mountainous, and largely deserted, the island's brooding beauty and natural diversity attracted an eminent British botanist, John Heslop Harrison of Newcastle University. In the 1940s the professor announced the discovery of several species of rare plants on the island. These unusual finds helped make Heslop Harrison's mark as one of Britain's outstanding scientists, but they were also the latest in a series of discoveries that many botanists were beginning to suspect had been fabricated in order to enhance the professor's reputation." "In the interest of settling the matter once and for all, a young Cambridge don named John Raven managed to infiltrate one of Heslop Harrison's expeditions to Rum. The report he produced after that visit was stark and shocking." "In A Rum Affair, Karl Sabbagh investigates for the first time Heslop Harrison's elaborate botanical hoax. Sabbagh interviews Raven's widow and unearths buried documents as he traces Raven's effort to uncover proof that the professor had transplanted the several species in question from his own garden. Along the way, Sabbagh explores the oddly congenial relationship between accuser and accused, detailing Raven's unusual attempts to keep his well-documented discoveries secret (the only public account of his investigation was a letter published in Nature in 1949 that does not directly implicate Heslop Harrison) and to protect Heslop Harrison's children from being damaged by the accusations."--BOOK JACKET
Summary
Examines the discovery of several species of rare plants by a British scientist on the Isle of Rum and questions the veracity of whether these plants were actually indigenous to the island
Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2000
Biography type
individual biography
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158085
Cataloging source
DLC
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Sabbagh, Karl
Dewey number
  • 580.92
  • 920
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QK31.H39
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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OverDrive, Inc
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True
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  • Heslop-Harrison, John William
  • Fraud in science
  • Botanists
Target audience
adult
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a true story of botanical fraud
Label
A Rum affair : a true story of botanical fraud, Karl Sabbagh, (electronic resource eBook)
Link
http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=210&titleID=3223853
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Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. 'A Curious Episode" 3 -- 2. Fields of Inquiry 12 -- 3. The Professor and the Don 28 -- 4. Rumors 52 -- 5. The Plan 73 -- 6. The Forbidden Island 88 -- 7. "Quoth the Raven" 107 -- 8. "Is Such a Thing Done?" 127 -- 9. The Aftermath 150 -- 10. Seeds of Doubt 162 -- 11. 'A Total Muddlehead" 190 -- 12. The Matter Subsides 220 -- 13. "Broken, Lost or Never Collected" 233 -- Epilogue: Two Minor Mysteries 250
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unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9781495653247
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • bc
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38a5fc74-7f41-4f17-b01c-89dcfdedcbaf
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System details
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
  • Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
  • Format: OverDrive Read
  • Requires Adobe Digital Editions
Label
A Rum affair : a true story of botanical fraud, Karl Sabbagh, (electronic resource eBook)
Link
http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=210&titleID=3223853
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. 'A Curious Episode" 3 -- 2. Fields of Inquiry 12 -- 3. The Professor and the Don 28 -- 4. Rumors 52 -- 5. The Plan 73 -- 6. The Forbidden Island 88 -- 7. "Quoth the Raven" 107 -- 8. "Is Such a Thing Done?" 127 -- 9. The Aftermath 150 -- 10. Seeds of Doubt 162 -- 11. 'A Total Muddlehead" 190 -- 12. The Matter Subsides 220 -- 13. "Broken, Lost or Never Collected" 233 -- Epilogue: Two Minor Mysteries 250
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9781495653247
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • bc
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
38a5fc74-7f41-4f17-b01c-89dcfdedcbaf
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System details
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
  • Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
  • Format: OverDrive Read
  • Requires Adobe Digital Editions

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