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22%OFFDeborah R. Coen - The Earthquake Observers: Disaster Science from Lisbon to Richter - 9780226212050 - V9780226212050
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The Earthquake Observers: Disaster Science from Lisbon to Richter

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Description for The Earthquake Observers: Disaster Science from Lisbon to Richter Paperback. Earthquakes have taught us much about our planet's hidden structure and the forces that have shaped it. This book explains how observing networks transformed an instant of panic and confusion into a field for scientific research, turning earthquakes into natural experiments at the nexus of the physical and human sciences. Num Pages: 360 pages, 14 halftones, 1 line drawing. BIC Classification: 3JH; 3JJ; PDX; RBC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 233 x 165 x 19. Weight in Grams: 512.
Earthquakes have taught us much about our planet's hidden structure and the forces that have shaped it. This knowledge rests not only on the recordings of seismographs but also on the observations of eyewitnesses to destruction. During the nineteenth century, a scientific description of an earthquake was built of stories - stories from as many people in as many situations as possible. Sometimes their stories told of fear and devastation, sometimes of wonder and excitement. In The Earthquake Observers, Deborah R. Coen acquaints readers not only with the century's most eloquent seismic commentators, including Alexander von. Humboldt, Charles Darwitt, Mark ... Read more

Product Details

Format
Paperback
Publication date
2014
Publisher
University Of Chicago Press
Condition
New
Number of Pages
360
Place of Publication
, United States
ISBN
9780226212050
SKU
V9780226212050
Shipping Time
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Ref
99-50

About Deborah R. Coen
Deborah R. Coen is associate professor of history at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is the author of Vienna in the Age of Uncertainly: Science, Liberalism, and Private Life, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Reviews for The Earthquake Observers: Disaster Science from Lisbon to Richter
"The cleverly ambiguous title of this book plays with the many uncertainties that surround our experience of earthquakes. Just who are these 'observers': are they scientists, farmers, or city dwellers? In answering this question, Coen offers a wealth of information in a book that reads with the appeal of fiction." (Times Higher Education)"

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