Camping With The Prince And Other Tales Of Science In Africa

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Camping With The Prince And Other Tales Of Science In Africa

By Thomas A. Bass
Houghton Mifflin, 1990
304 pp. $20.95

The author's continental tour takes him to some of the main outposts of scientific research in Africa: The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Kenya, the Cape Maclear research into the extraordinary evolutionary diversity of the fish in Lake Malawi, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Nigeria, the rehabilitation project for Turkana herdsmen in Kenya, an archeological dig in Zaire, and the virus laboratory in Ibadan, Nigeria. Richly informative on the African environment, health, agriculture and social life, the book depicts these various endeavors partly through the commanding personalities of the African and Western scientists who created them. The accounts of each individual's efforts become gentle parables on the relation between African material and spiritual life and the pervasive influence of the West.

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