Wells, P. G. (2012). Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Carson’s Silent Spring. Faculty of Management and International Ocean Institute, Dalhousie University: Halifax, NS.
Silent Spring, widely considered to be one of the most influential books of the 20th century,
celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It was penned by Rachel Carson, a former US Fish and
Wildlife Service marine biologist then working independently due to the success of her other
publications – Under the Sea-Wind, The Sea Around Us, and The Edge of the Sea. So why is the book still so famous and what influence has it had on individual lives and society as a whole? As you read this note, think about whether the book or Carson’s other classics have had an impact on your personal life.