The Year the World Discovered Antarctica
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Chris Turney's 1912 is an entertaining and beautifully illustrated history of an awe-inspiring subject.
The rivalry between Robert Scott and Roald Amundsen is a familiar story; what fewer people know is that, in 1912, five separate teams were exploring beyond the limits of the known world: Scott for Britain, Amundsen for Norway, Mawson for Australasia, Filchner for Germany and Shirase for Japan. The Antarctic discoveries made by these brave explorers enthralled the world and forever changed the way we understand our planet.
Chris Turney tells the story of the frozen continent, the heroic trials endured by its explorers and the lasting legacy for future scientific endeavour. Devoting a chapter to each of the five expeditions, he draws on previously unpublished archival material, framing the narrative with the broader idea of the spirit and excitement of scientific discovery.
Professor Chris Turney is a British geologist who has recently been awarded a prestigious Australian Research Laureate Fellowship with the University of New South Wales. He is the author of the popular science books Bones, Rocks and Stars: The Science of When Things Happened and Ice, Mud and Blood: Lessons From Climates Past, as well as numerous scientific papers and magazine articles. www.christurney.com
'The new David Livingstone.' Saturday Times
'This is a fascinating book, full of interest and detail but never sinking into gloomy depths of ice-bound depression. Events are placed in their historical and political contexts. It's a joy to read history this well presented.' Courier Mail
'...a ripping yarn.' Done Burke
'Turney's enthusiasm translates to the page and the book is very readable, but, like David Attenborough's BBC series or the Cousteau / National Geographic collaborations, the amalgamation of disciplines (entertainment, history, science and geography) is the real success.' Sunday Star Times