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Makers of Modern Science is a 10-volume set that profiles the lives and achievements of scientists who made notable contributions to the advancement of science and society. Each volume covers a scientist whose work has had a major impact on a particular field. The scientist's accomplishments are discussed, including the scientific principles and personal struggles underlying his or her work. Employing an array of primary sources-diaries, memoirs, letters, and contemporary news accounts-as well as secondary sources, the set depicts the human drama of scientific work, the challenge of research, and the exhilaration and rewards of discovery.

Robert Ballard recounts the life and work of the notable American explorer and undersea archaeologist famous for his discoveries of the shipwrecks of the RMS Titanic in 1985, the German battleship Bismarck in 1989, the aircraft carrier Yorktown in 1998, and the PT-109 motor torpedo boat, once commanded by John F. Kennedy, in 2003. The book includes information on Ballard's recent advocacy of laws to protect historically important shipwrecks, motivated by the damage caused by salvagers, in order for the "museum" of the deep sea to remain intact.

Robert Ballard includes more than 30 photographs and line illustrations, a glossary, a chronology, a list of print and Internet resources, and an index. Makers of Modern Science is an essential set for students, teachers, and general readers that provides a factual look at the lives and outstanding contributions of prominent scientists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816061730
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Makers of Modern Science Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface x

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xiv

What Is an Explorer? xiv

Inventor and Persuader xvii

Map of a Career xix

1 Growing Up Nemo 1

A Seaside Boyhood 1

Changing Plans 3

The "White Tornado" 5

Alvin: Workhorse Submersible 6

Hard Times 8

First Dive 9

Plate Tectonics: A Revolutionary Theory 10

Mapping Undersea Mountains 12

An Exciting Opportunity 15

Titanium Paper Clips 17

Project FAMOUS Begins 18

An Amazing Valley 19

2 Undersea Gardens and Black Smokers 23

Looking for Undersea Geysers 24

A Bizarre Landscape 25

Garden of Eden 28

Unique Ecosystems 29

Black Smokers 32

Telepresence 34

Argo and Jason 35

The Sinking of Titanic: A Night to Remember 36

Following a Trail 39

3 A Titanic Discovery 40

Searching for the Wrong Reasons 41

A Frustrating Start 42

A Busy Team 45

"Wreckage!" 46

Titanic at Last 47

Media Storm 48

A Closer Look 51

Founding a New Field 53

4 Hide and Seek 55

Teaching Science 55

The Jason Project: Education through Exploration 56

A Fearsome Warship 57

The Chase Begins 59

A Terrible Loss 60

Hot Pursuit 61

The Final Battle 62

Fruitless Search 64

Launching New ROVs 65

Exploring a Roman Shipwreck 67

Hope for Better Luck 69

Boots Lead the Way 71

Triumph and Tragedy 72

5 Guadalcanal and Lusitania 74

A Pacific Turning Pointp 74

Guadalcanal's Naval Battles 77

Exploring Iron Bottom Sound 78

An Unlucky Ship 81

Lusitania and Mauretania: Ocean Greyhounds 82

The Death of Lusitania 84

Lingering Questions 85

Reassessing History 87

6 More Pacific Graveyards 89

War in Reverse 90

Plan and Counterplan 91

Carriers on Fire 92

The End of Yorktown95

Needles and Haystacks 96

The Sonar Tradeoff: Range v. Resolution 97

Finding Yorktown 98

The One That Got Away 100

PT-109 103

Message on a Cocount 105

The Real Thing 107

7 Ancient Seafarers 110

The Skerki Bank Project 111

Bathtub without a Drain 113

An Ancient Flood 116

Preserver of Ships 117

The Oldest Wrecks 120

Phoenicians: The Purple People 121

Conclusion: Undersea Museums 124

Chronology 131

Glossary 138

Further Resources 141

Index 149

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