- Taschenbuch: 416 Seiten
- Verlag: Bloomsbury UK (1. März 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1408815427
- ISBN-13: 978-1408815427
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,4 x 4,1 x 23,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.483.271 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of the Worlds Most Mysterious Continent (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. März 2012
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Brimful of science, heroism, tragedy and laugh-out-loud humour, Antarctica is an exciting an informative read. * BBC Focus * This is a fascinating insight into one of the most inhospitable places on Earth and its implications for the world's future ... The informative and touching account of the expanse's beauty leaves the reader desperate to visit the area, but also desperately sad for its future. * Irish Examiner * Gabrielle Walker's book comprehensively brings us up to date on the continent that is so much more than ice and seasonal penguins ... Many people will approach this book with images from David Attenborough's Frozen Planet stamped on their minds. Can it add to the live footage we've seen? Emphatically yes. * Guardian * This is not just a highly accessible ency-clopedia of Antarctic science. It interlaces researchers' stories with natural history, tales of the 'heroic age' of exploration and pas-sages that viscerally describe the cold, isola-tion and beauty of the environment. * Nature * The early Antarctic expeditions are thoroughly covered in this enthralling book. But, then again, so is every other aspect of a place that continues to haunt the human imagination ... Perhaps best of all, Walker gives us a fantastically vivid sense of what it's like to be in Antarctica. * Reader's Digest *
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Gabrielle Walker has a PhD in natural sciences from Cambridge University and has taught at both Cambridge and Princeton universities. She is Chief Scientist of strategic advisory firm Xynteo, a consultant to New Scientist, contributes frequently to BBC radio and writes for many newspapers and magazines. In 2009 and 2011 respectively she presented the Planet Earth Under Threat series and Thin Air for BBC Radio 4, and in 2011 she presented The Secret Life of Ice for BBC4. She lives in London.
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I'd have wished for a few more maps in the book, but on the whole it didn't feel absolutely necessary to have them. I can recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a thorough intro into the topic of Antarctica.
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Reading this book made me feel as if I had relived my son's trips with him. I read and saw the places he talked about. The stories of GW's visits to the camps of other countries were extremely informative and colorful. The part I think I liked most was how she described the human factor...how intelligent and dedicated (and quirky) the personnel was. The history of the continent and the descriptions of the experiments, plus the value of the information gained by the scientist and engineers convince me that this research is most valuable and must continue.
If you want to just read about Antarctica, I'm sure you will enjoy this book. If you want to learn about the science and research there, you will find it in this book.
I actually read this book from our public library. Whenever my son called I would tell him the latest I had learned. I said it was a must have for his library. So I purchased this copy from Amazon for him. The American publication lacks the photo inserts of the British publication that I purchased used ("for character.")The wear was negligible...just a small dent on the bottom of the back cover. Buy the British version if you want the photos.
By reading this story of Antarctica you will experience a world apart. This is definitely a book to share.
I love this book!
A delightful and thrilling adventure report.