Fathoming the Ocean: The Discovery and Exploration of the Deep Sea

Fathoming the Ocean: The Discovery and Exploration of the Deep Sea

by Helen M. Rozwadowski, Sylvia Earle
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674027566

ISBN-13: 9780674027565

Pub. Date: 03/31/2008

Publisher: Harvard

By the middle of the nineteenth century, as scientists explored the frontiers of polar regions and the atmosphere, the ocean remained silent and inaccessible. The history of how this changed—of how the depths became a scientific passion and a cultural obsession, an engineering challenge and a political attraction—is the story that unfolds in Fathoming

Overview

By the middle of the nineteenth century, as scientists explored the frontiers of polar regions and the atmosphere, the ocean remained silent and inaccessible. The history of how this changed—of how the depths became a scientific passion and a cultural obsession, an engineering challenge and a political attraction—is the story that unfolds in Fathoming the Ocean.

In a history at once scientific and cultural, Helen Rozwadowski shows us how the Western imagination awoke to the ocean's possibilities—in maritime novels, in the popular hobby of marine biology, in the youthful sport of yachting, and in the laying of a trans-Atlantic telegraph cable. The ocean emerged as important new territory, and scientific interests intersected with those of merchant-industrialists and politicians. Rozwadowski documents the popular crazes that coincided with these interests—from children's sailor suits to the home aquarium and the surge in ocean travel. She describes how, beginning in the 1860s, oceanography moved from yachts onto the decks of oceangoing vessels, and landlubber naturalists found themselves navigating the routines of a working ship's physical and social structures.

Fathoming the Ocean offers a rare and engaging look into our fascination with the deep sea and into the origins of oceanography—origins still visible in a science that focuses the efforts of physicists, chemists, geologists, biologists, and engineers on the common enterprise of understanding a vast, three-dimensional, alien space.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674027565
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
03/31/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Sylvia Earle

1. Fathoming the Fathomless

2. The Undiscovered Country

3. Soundings

4. A Sea Breeze

5. Dredging the Moon

6. Small World

7. Epilogue

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

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