W&N Science HB February £20.00 288pp 8pp colour Illustrations, line drawings 978 0 297 60880 6 eBook: £20.00 / 978 0 297 60881 3
Scientists have sent probes billions of kilometres away into interstellar space. Yet we have dug only 10km down into the Earth.
DAVID WHITEHOUSE Journey to the Centre of the Earth The Truth is Stranger than Fiction
A history of exploration beneath the surface of our planet. Following Jules Verne’s remarkable classic, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, published almost 150 years ago, David Whitehouse retells the voyage of descent into the Earth: only this time, he incorporates the scientific knowledge that has resulted from the tremendous advances of the intervening years. The arcs of volcanoes, the earthquake zones and the auroral glow rippling above our heads are testimony to something remarkable happening inside. Whitehouse considers the myths about the activity that occurs at the core of our planet and describes what science is now beginning to understand. Seismologists today reveal a planet astonishingly buried within a planet. This enthralling journey encompasses all we are able to understand about the Earth’s centre. Whitehouse charts the history of our planet and the scientific discoveries about its inner core, allowing us to embark on an adventure that brings us closer to the heart of our world. Dr David Whitehouse is a scientist, journalist and the author of five books, including The Sun and The Moon. He is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a regular broadcaster on science-related matters for the BBC’s Today programme, Sky News and BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show.
Location: Farnborough, Hants Available for interview www.davidwhitehouse.com @dr_david_w
W&N Non-Fiction / Science • February 2015