The Year the World Discovered Antarctica

Book - 2012
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"The South Pole discovered" trumpeted the front page of The Daily Chronicle on March 8, 1912, marking Roald Amundsen's triumph over the tragic Robert Scott. Yet behind all the headlines there was a much bigger story. Antarctica was awash with expeditions. In 1912, five separate teams representing the old and new world were diligently embarking on scientific exploration beyond the edge of the known planet. Their discoveries not only enthralled the world, but changed our understanding of the planet forever. Tales of endurance, self-sacrifice, and technologicalinnovation laid the foundations for modern scientific exploration, and inspired future generations.

To celebrate the centenary of this groundbreaking work, 1912: The Year the World Discovered Antarctica revisits the exploits of these different expeditions. Looking beyond the personalities and drawing on his own polar experience, Chris Turney shows how their discoveries marked the dawn of a new age in our understanding of the natural world. He makes use of original and exclusive unpublished archival material and weaves in the latest scientific findings to show how we might reawaken the public's passion for discovery and exploration
Published: Berkley, Calif. : Counterpoint, 2012.
ISBN: 9781582437897
Branch Call Number: 919.89 TUR
Characteristics: 358 p. :,ill., maps ;,24 cm.


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Jan 28, 2015

This was a very interesting and well-written book. I've been interested in the time period of the early 20th Century in general, and the development of modern scientific thought in particular. This book provided a two-for for me as it did a good job of illuminating two subject areas. Plus, the author got across the drama and human cost of dangerous exploration as well as the political and societal tensions of the time. The author was very generous with recognition of smaller and lesser known expeditions, as well as the contributions of relatively unknown characters involved. This was an informative and enjoyable read!


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