WATCH A ZOOM TALK
Recorded Zoom presentations on the life and
legacy of Edward Hitchcock with author Robert T.
McMaster are available below:
HITCHCOCK AND THE RISE OF AMERICAN GEOLOGY: Hitchcock's
role in the development of geology in America
including his Massachusetts geological survey, his
role in the founding of the Association of American
Geologists, and his early embrace of Agassiz's theory
of continental glaciation. 15 minutes.
HITCHCOCK'S FOSSIL FOOTMARKS: Without
a doubt Hitchcock's most enduring legacy is his
research on the fossil footmarks of the Connecticut
Valley. He was often ridiculed for his "avian
hypothesis" both in his own time and into the 20th
century, but recent findings on the phylogeny of the
dinosaurs have restored his reputation as a true
pioneer in paleontology. 14 minutes.
HITCHCOCK ON SCIENCE AND FAITH: Edward
Hitchcock's greatest hope was that he could convince
fellow scientists, clergymen, and the general public
that science and religion need not be enemies. His
views on the relationship between science and faith
have as much relevance today as they did a century and
a half ago. 18 minutes.
SERMONS OF EDWARD HITCHCOCK: Before
Edward Hitchcock achieved fame as a geologist,
paleontologist, and college professor, he was a
preacher. Over 200 of his sermons survive, most as
hand-written manuscripts, and they reveal a great deal
about the man, his faith, and the times in which he
lived. 17 minutes.
HITCHCOCK: THE UNTOLD STORY: A
presentation exploring the life and legacy of Edward
Hitchcock in geology, paleontology, higher education,
and science and religion. 62 minutes.
EDWARD HITCHCOCK'S TREE OF LIFE: The frontispiece of
Hitchcock's Elementary Geology, first
published in 1840, is an intricate "tree of life,"
probably the work of Orra White Hitchcock. He labeled
it "Palaeontological Chart" and it reveals a great
deal of his thinking at the time about the diversity
and relationships among living things. Interestingly,
it has attracted more attention from historians of
science than the remainder of that important and
Hitchcock biographer Robert T. McMaster is available
to meet with high school and college classes, book
clubs, and historical societies on Zoom. He will
answer questions from readers, discuss his research
and writing process, and bring listeners up to date on
some new insights and information that has come to
light since the publication of All the Light Here
Comes from Above.
Contact him for details or to schedule a session at
robertmcmaster24 (at) gmail.com.