Science: Nature in New York

Manhattan Island is a veritable paradise for psychiatrists, phrenologists and social anthropologists, but serious students of nature usually ignore it. Naturalist William Beebe, 76, a native New Yorker, is an exception. Beebe, longtime director of tropical research at the New York Zoological Society, has had his share of far-ranging expeditions, from field trips up into the Himalayas to descents half a mile below sea level in his bathysphere. But he has also filled many a notebook with material found in his own back streets. His newest book, Unseen Life of New York (Duell-Little;...

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