The Bathysphere Book The Bathysphere Book

The Bathysphere Book

Effects of the Luminous Ocean Depths

    • 2.7 • 3 Ratings
    • $16.99
    • $16.99

Publisher Description

Winner of the 2024 National Book Foundation's Science + Literature Award

A Washington Post top 10 best book of 2023

A Publishers Weekly best nonfiction book of 2023

"Hypnotic . . . Beautifully written and beautifully made."
W. M. Akers, The New York Times Book Review

"one of the most beautiful books-as-objects of the year"
The Globe and Mail

"...one of the most fascinating and unusual new books I’ve read in some time."
Benjamin Shull, The Wall Street Journal

"...a weird and often beautiful fusion of science writing, history and poetry that explores our own relationship with the unknown..."
Edward Posnett, The Guardian


"Mesmerizing . . . Original and often profound, [The Bathysphere Book] is a moving testament to the wonders of exploration."
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Imbued with the adventurous spirit of science and exploration . . . [The Bathysphere Book is] an enchanting cabinet of curiosities."
Kirkus Reviews

A wide ranging, philosophical, and sensual account of early deep sea exploration and its afterlives, The Bathysphere Book begins with the first ever voyage to the deep ocean in 1930 and expands to explore the adventures and entanglements of its all-too-human participants at a time when the world still felt entirely new.

In the summer of 1930, aboard a ship floating near the Atlantic island of Nonsuch, marine biologist Gloria Hollister sat on a crate, writing furiously in a notebook with a telephone receiver pressed to her ear. The phone line was attached to a steel cable that plunged 3,000 feet into the sea. There, suspended by the cable, dangled a four-and-a-half-foot steel ball called the bathysphere. Crumpled inside, gazing through three-inch quartz windows at the undersea world, was Hollister’s colleague William Beebe. He called up to her, describing previously unseen creatures, explosions of bioluminescence, and strange effects of light and color.

From this momentous first encounter with the unknown depths, The Bathysphere Book widens its scope to explore a transforming and deeply paradoxical America, as the first great skyscrapers rose above New York City and the Great Plains baked to dust. In prose that is magical, atmospheric, and entirely engrossing, Brad Fox dramatizes new visions of our planetary home, delighting in tales of the colorful characters who surrounded, supported, and participated in the dives—from groundbreaking scientists and gallivanting adventurers to eugenicist billionaires.

The Bathysphere Book is a hypnotic assemblage of brief chapters along with over fifty full-color images, records from the original bathysphere logbooks, and the moving story of surreptitious romance between Beebe and Hollister that anchors their exploration. Brad Fox blurs the line between poetry and research, unearthing and rendering a visionary meeting with the unknown.

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2023
May 16
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
352
Pages
PUBLISHER
Astra Publishing House
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
62.7
MB

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