Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry Street, Kansas City
Roald Amundsen's team was the first to reach the South Pole. But Amundsen's closest competitor, Robert F. Scott, was not merely in a race for second place. Instead, as Edward J. Larson argues, Scott's British Antarctic Expedition was a massive scientific enterprise with an exploratory component. Amundsen won the race to the pole. Scott ushered in a new era of Antarctic, polar, and climate science, a contribution that lives on today at research stations across Antarctica.
Edward J. Larson, University Professor of History and Law at Pepperdine University
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