"A lively, insightful book that offers the first extended analysis of science in New York City . . . Baatz analyzes how the Academy responded to the challenges posed by the emergence of national scientific organizations and increasing scientific specialization. . . . Deftly weaving together local and national developments, Baatz describes the emergence of the Academy as an important metropolitan forum for scientists."
"Baatz treats his subject with enthusiasm and informed intelligence. . . The result, grounded upon a fine understanding and use of sources, is largely successful: the only worthwhile history of New York intellectual life centered on the nineteenth century. . . An important work in urban intellectual history."
Isis: International Journal in the History of Science
"A wide-ranging and pioneering account of the institutions and personalities that shaped science in New York City."
American Historical Review
"A creditable account of the evolution of the NYAS from a small body of savants to a truly professional organization. This book will be of considerable interest not only to people who are concerned with the development of scientific organizations but also to those who are interested in the history of science and of New York City."
Journal of American History