Rachel Carson remembered

Rachel Carson died on this day in 1964. Although she was already a well-known writer prior to Silent Spring, she is best remembered for this book that made the case against the indiscriminate spraying of pesticides such as DDT. In clear lyrical prose, her work focused attention on the danger these chemicals posed to wildlife as well as the risk of cancer and other health problems in humans. Carson herself died from complications from breast cancer. She was 56.