Journey to the Centre of the Earth: The Remarkable Voyage of Scientific Discovery into the Heart of Our World

Journey to the Centre of the Earth The Remarkable Voyage of Scientific Discovery into the Heart of Our World The journey to the centre of the earth is a voyage like no other we can imagine Over km below the earth s surface an extraordinary inner world the size of Mars awaits us Dive through the molten i

  • Title: Journey to the Centre of the Earth: The Remarkable Voyage of Scientific Discovery into the Heart of Our World
  • Author: David Whitehouse
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The journey to the centre of the earth is a voyage like no other we can imagine Over 3000 km below the earth s surface an extraordinary inner world the size of Mars awaits us Dive through the molten iron of the outer core and eventually you will reach a solid sphere an iron clad world held within a metal sea and unattached to anything above At the earth s core isThe journey to the centre of the earth is a voyage like no other we can imagine.Over 3000 km below the earth s surface an extraordinary inner world the size of Mars awaits us.Dive through the molten iron of the outer core and eventually you will reach a solid sphere an iron clad world held within a metal sea and unattached to anything above.At the earth s core is the history of our planet written in temperature and pressure, crystals and minerals Our planet appears tranquil from outer space And yet the arcs of volcanoes, the earthquake zones and the auroral glow rippling above our heads are testimony to something remarkable happening inside For thousands of years these phenomena were explained in legend and myth Only in recent times has the brave new science of seismology emerged One hundred and fifty years after the extraordinary, imaginative feat of Jules Verne s JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH, David Whitehouse embarks on a voyage of scientific discovery into the heart of our world Seismologists today reveal a planet astonishingly buried within a planet We watch as supercomputers convert signals from the ground into three dimensional scans of subterranean continents, visit laboratories where scientists attempt to reproduce the intense conditions at the centre of the Earth, travel down the throat of a volcano, look into the deepest hole ever drilled, and imagine a voyage through enormous crystals of iron Whitehouse s enthralling journey vividly charts all we are able to understand about the mysteries of the deep Earth His book encompasses the history of our planet and the latest findings about its inner core, allowing us to embark on an adventure that brings us closer to the enigma of our existence.

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    1. I received a free advance reading copy of this book through First Reads. FTC guidelines: check!Into the Heart of Our World is a mind boggling, hypothetical journey into the world beneath our feet. Whitehouse, an astronomer, has bottled the wonder that he feels for the stars and channeled it into exploring the depths below. Though the science in this book went above my head at times, I enjoyed learning about Earth and its secrets. Into the Heart of Our World would make a great documentary.Here a [...]

    2. I rarely have time to write reviews, but I was very disappointed in this book. It was rife with spelling errors (pyroxine), several erroneous statements of fact, and numerous unnecessary excursions. I'm a geologist/planetary scientist who lectures on the Earth's interior and I found this book exasperating to read. Where was the editor? I was hoping for better.

    3. I think that the negative reviews given are unfair. I only read a few of them, and do agree that the editor(s) did a terrible job; I found maybe ten mistakes, such as writing "Island" instead of "Ireland" and one time even writing "billion" for "million" (or, possibly, placing a comma where a period was intended, making it 4 billion instead of 4,xxx billion, which in American numeracy is 4-something TRILLION). Another reviewer complained about the brevity of the chapters, and the seeming jumps b [...]

    4. In Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Whitehouse takes us on a tour of discovery through the Earth's crust, mantle, out core and inner core. The author makes use of Jules Verne's "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" as a literary device as he takes the reader on a trip through the Earth, describing the scientists and the discoveries that lead to our knowledge of the Earth's geological structure. He discusses such topics as earth quakes and seismology, the Earth's protective magnetic field, the [...]

    5. This was a very enjoyable and educational read. It is written in a way that makes is easy to understand for the average person by not going too deep into the scientific details of the subject mater while still providing enough information to teach the basics about the processes at work on and within planet earth.One thing that I greatly appreciated about this book is that it shows the beauty of science. It shows how it brings people and ideas together. How people from around the globe build our [...]

    6. I got this book for free for an honest review.I liked the book, it was interesting and scientific. I will say if you have no interest in the Earth, in science, or geology don't read this. Even as someone with those interests, I found the second half of the book very slow to read and somewhat boring.

    7. Fascinating look at the forces that literally shape our planet and help to sustain life as we know it. The Earth's core is relatively unknown compared to celestial objects but so essential to the formation of our unique planet. Stratightforward writing with a great collage of photos and illustrations.

    8. What lies beneath our feet is truly remarkable and Whitehouse does a decent job of shepherding the reader through the layers. The history of the scientific inquiry into the earth is also presented, along with the various scientists who helped shape our current understanding.Yet, you see I only ranked it two stars. Two reasons. One: the structure was curious, to be charitable. There was no narrative flow (no big deal, it's a science book, after all). More than that, though, short chapters seemed [...]

    9. I enjoyed Whitehouse's journey into the earth's core, a place harder for us to get to than the stars. In fact, it's impossible. What we do know about it is due to natural disasters and lots of mathematics. Whitehouse says this is a story about "people, conflicts and tragedy, discoveries and despair, for every earthquake that brings ruin and death also shows the route we must take but can never travel." Coming on the heels of my last book read - Molesky's account of the 1755 earthquake that level [...]

    10. with jules verne's journey to the center of the earth as its narrative framework, david whitehouse's into the heart of our world offers a foray into our planet's subterranean realms. what should be a naturally interesting subject is made tedious by a haphazard and often scattershot construction. too frequently, a fascinating aside (or even critical point) is left far from fully explored — abandoning the reader with underdeveloped insight and unsatiated curiosity. how seismology, volcanology, p [...]

    11. If you are interested in the scientific thoughts that go into our current understanding of earthquakes, the layers of the earth, how it all will end, and much, much more, this is definitely a book for you. The book begins with what was thought to be true long ago and continues up through to the current hypothesis. Most of it was explained in a way that I could understand, but there were a few ideas that I didn't have enough background knowledge to really "get". The author interweaves quotes from [...]

    12. The premise was interesting and the subject matter fascinating, but this book was in need of some serious editing and rewriting. Many of the chapters wandered far from where they started, taking off on loosely related tangents. The writing was very flat and a slog to get through. Science writing at its best is accessible (most of the book was), gripping (most of the book was not), and inspiring (again, mostly absent). I did appreciate the history of seismology and geology presented in the book, [...]

    13. Pretty dull. It lacked the geek out factor and the narrative engagement that I look for in a good popular science book.

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