Conniff, Richard
January 2011
Military History;Jan2011, Vol. 27 Issue 5, p64
The article examines the situations highlighting the role of science in wars. It recounts how Spanish Colonel Pierre François Marie Auguste Dejan used his knowledge about beetles as a coleopterist during an enemy fire in which the air around him was filled with gunpowder and blood. Former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson sent Captain Meriwether Lewis and 2nd Lieutenant William Clark to expedition in the American West. Secretary of War John C. Calhoun and Captain Nicolas Baudin, a naturalist himself, also incorporated science into military schemes.


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