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The Sea Around Us By Rachel Carson Ann H. Zwinger The Sea Around Us Published in The Sea Around Us is one of the most remarkably successful books ever written about the natural world Rachel Carson s rare ability to combine scientific insight with moving poetic

  • Title: The Sea Around Us
  • Author: Rachel Carson Ann H. Zwinger
  • ISBN: 9780195069976
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Sea Around Us By Rachel Carson Ann H. Zwinger Published in 1951, The Sea Around Us is one of the most remarkably successful books ever written about the natural world Rachel Carson s rare ability to combine scientific insight with moving, poetic prose catapulted her book to first place on The New York Times best seller list, where it enjoyed wide attention for thirty one consecutive weeks It remained on the list forPublished in 1951, The Sea Around Us is one of the most remarkably successful books ever written about the natural world Rachel Carson s rare ability to combine scientific insight with moving, poetic prose catapulted her book to first place on The New York Times best seller list, where it enjoyed wide attention for thirty one consecutive weeks It remained on the list for than a year and a half and ultimately sold well over a million copies, has been translated into 28 languages, inspired an Academy Award winning documentary, and won both the 1952 National Book Award and the John Burroughs Medal.This classic work remains as fresh today as when it first appeared Carson s writing teems with stunning, memorable images the newly formed Earth cooling beneath an endlessly overcast sky the centuries of nonstop rain that created the oceans giant squids battling sperm whales hundreds of fathoms below the surface and incredibly powerful tides moving 100 billion tons of water daily in the Bay of Fundy Quite simply, she captures the mystery and allure of the ocean with a compelling blend of imagination and expertise.Reintroducing a classic work to a whole new generation of readers, this Special Edition features a new chapter written by Jeffrey Levinton, a leading expert in marine ecology, that brings the scientific side of The Sea Around Us completely up to date Levinton incorporates the most recent thinking on conti
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    1. P. Lundburg on said:

      This amazing book, the winner of the 1952 National Book Award, is my second Rachel Carson book read I picked it up in part because I m determined to keep up with my love of nature writing Nature Literature, but perhaps because there s something about Carson s style that really pulls me in If you re of the same type, you need to add this book to your list, but in the upper half It isn t just Carson s insight into eco systems that s so extraordinary, it s her ability to well, simply write.Carson [...]

    2. Robin on said:

      This book launched Rachel Carson s career as a popular science literature writer If you have never read any of her ocean books, start with this one Her writing is unique in that she describes science facts almost poetically, weaving story after story of the wonder and mystery of the oceans She involves the reader by asking questions and then exploring possible answers, all the while revealing new facts to the reader Delving into marine biology, ecology a term that she originally coined, along wi [...]

    3. Judy on said:

      Without reservation I can say this is one of the most amazing reading experiences I have ever had I rarely read non fiction in book form When I do, I read memoirs, biographies usually of writers and artists , and occasionally history, but never science I decided to read The Sea Around Us because it was a non fiction bestseller in 1951, a year that falls within my Big Fat Reading Project, but also because Rachel Carson is one of my heroines.She is an eloquent and inspiring science writer She writ [...]

    4. JP Higgins on said:

      I read the 1963 edition, the ninth printing of this, Rachel Carson s 1951 winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction Note This date is taken from text on the book s jacket However, says the award was in 1952 This 63 edition included an Appendix of 16 notes in 11 pages by Carson that updated the mid century science of the original with several relevant discoveries in the 12 years subsequent to first publication Rachel Carson is in most circles famous for Silent Spring, her 1962 book often [...]

    5. Marielle on said:

      This classic is great Very informative, but the scientific language is engaging and readable I learned a lot from this book Though it was written in the 1950 s and some of the theories have since been changed erased, for the most part it is accurate Loved the first chapter in particular where she talks about one of the theories of the moon s creation, torn from the top layer of the Earth s crust from what is now the Pacific ocean, pulled by tidal waves of force into space as the moon Even though [...]

    6. Joe M on said:

      A captivating and beautifully written history of the world s seas and oceans Rachel Carson has a poet s voice and even with a lot of scientific information, it s easy to get lost in her words and descriptions Also amazing is that over 60 years later, this National Book Award winner is still so relevant and full of interesting and timely information In her introduction, author and naturalist Ann H Zwinger calls The Sea Around Us one of the most perfect books she s ever read and my ideal of what n [...]

    7. Patricia on said:

      Especially fascinating on the tides and currents that run powerfully through the ocean Her prose is well crafted everywhere and sometimes wonderful The sea lies all about us the very winds that move over the lands have been cradled on on its broad expanse and seek ever to return to it The continents themselves dissolve and pass to the sea, in grain after grain of eroded land In its mysterious past it encompasses all the dim origins of life and receives in the end, after, it may be, many transmut [...]

    8. Anna on said:

      I could almost give this four stars her writing is, as others have said, poetic, and I certainly learned a lot about the ocean However, I disliked having to wade through so much evolutionary content, and found the last paragraph particularly disturbing she almost seems to deify the ocean But I know it is important to read and discuss other beliefs and opinions with my kids, so appreciate the importance of including some books like this in our curriculum.

    9. Simon Sylvester on said:

      This is magnificent Carson is praised for the beauty of her prose, and for making the science of the sea accessible and both of those things are true But what elevates The Sea Around Us to another realm is the nonchalant ease with which Carson connects and develops the staggering complexities of the oceans, building layer upon layer of understanding It s an extraordinary narrative, leading from the formation of the earth in fire to the mayfly existence of the smallest celled creatures, swarming [...]

    10. Amanda Bird on said:

      Wonderful overview of oceanic processes around the world from the formation of the seas to human interactions with the ocean today Carson writes this in the 50s and footnotes throughout the book hold updates from the 60s so it s a bit dated However, it s a great opportunity to pick out tidbits and do some research on how things have changed since she wrote the book One of my favorite books of all time.

    11. David on said:

      This book is wonderful Beautiful writing, fascinating information, lots of different perspectives from which to consider the topic, and a topic that should be of interest to all of us, what can we ask This special edition has the benefit of the author s 1961 footnotes to update the original 1951 edition all before Silent Spring But I believe the special refers to the introduction and afterword by two different authors that were added for this publication in 1989 which is almost half my life ago [...]

    12. Eva Majerova on said:

      A pioneer work in the field of marine conservation, this book describes the main characteristics of the ocean and the seas as they were known in 1950 s There is not a real stress put on the conservation but Rachel points out the important features of the healthy ocean for humans and our planet and she speculates on the possible negative impact of human related changes in the ocean It is also very nice to see now what were the brand new exciting discoveries in the first half of the previous centu [...]

    13. Maria on said:

      Great Rachel Carson has a way of making science sound like poetry I hope someday I have a tenth of her talent in conveying how beautiful and exciting science and nature are to me She is so passionate that it rubs off on the reader All I wanted to do while reading this was to be by the beach I miss it so much and hearing her write about the oceans like they are her lover was wonderful Despite all the marvelous advances in research that have happened since the publication of Carson s original work [...]

    14. sarah dunebuggy on said:

      My friend lent me this book and said I should read the first chapter Carson turns the beginnings of the Earth into poetry Reading this reminded me of how little I think about science any, partly because it can be so dry and technical, and the interesting ideas get bogged down by vocabulary But that s not the case at all in this book It s good to remember how many changes the Earth has gone through and how long it has been existing so far one of my favorite theories in the book is that when the E [...]

    15. Blythe King on said:

      on phosphorescent displays But usually the blaze and glitter of the sea, whatever its meaning for those who produce it, implies no menace to man Seen from the deck of a vessel in open ocean, a tiny, man made observation point in the vast world of sea and sky, it has an eerie and unearthly quality Man, in his vanity, subconsciously attributes a human origin to any light not of moon or stars or sun Lights on the shore, lights moving over the water, mean lights kindled and controlled by other men, [...]

    16. Denise on said:

      This book taught me how the ocean was formed, and how it is renewed I learned that I live almost on the Sargasso Sea, and I learned what s special about that I learned about the great cycles of the sea, how earth and minerals and water are exchanged, and also about the annual seasons in the sea I learned about the ocean currents, and why all the beaches south of Hatteras are so much comfortable for swimming.This book is dated Even after reading the footnotes, there is some information that is n [...]

    17. Marlene on said:

      This is an older book so, to be expected, some of the science is outdated For example, though she doesn t say so explicitly, she seems to think that the Pacific islands were populated from South America ala Kon Tiki although it has been pretty well established that they were populated from West to East However, the writing is lyrical and there are some things to learn about the oceans which are unchangeable.On an alarming note, she writes about the vast Pacific Ocean garbage dump which, if it wa [...]

    18. Marissa on said:

      I had the hardcover version as a kid and would stare at the pictures for hours, especially the double paged one with the giant squid fighting with a whale I considered becoming a marine biologist because of this book When I got older and read the words, they had just as much impact as the pictures.

    19. Jillita on said:

      A kindred spirit who also grew up in Pittsburgh and managed to escape to live her dream of being by the sea Her natural history opus that brought the mysteries of the ocean to millions of non scientists Fun to read a science journal cira 1950 and hear Carson mention a new theory of plate tectonics.

    20. Aimee Phillips on said:

      Rachel Carson exposed me to the ability to combine your love of nature and writing She connects science to poetry and takes you on a journey you ve never been on Her love and knowledge engross you in the mystical world of the sea.

    21. Sharron on said:

      This is the first book I read cover to cover without stopping, a life changing book for me in college 50 years ago.

    22. Lauren on said:

      This is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read Scientific poetry Poetical science I don t know how to describe it, but it s beautiful, just beautiful.

    23. Angie Libert on said:

      Excellent Rachel Carson made learning about the ocean a lovely experience I am coming away from this book with a great appreciation for our giant, mysterious, awesome bodies of water.

    24. Angela Joyce on said:

      No one tells a beautiful story through science like Rachel Carson.

    25. S Moss on said:

      A Still Relevant Warning about Life on EarthIf you read only one chapter in this book, make sure it is the first one, The Gray Beginnings With a mesmerizing mixture of fact, scientific reticence about the actual extent of human knowledge, and awe about the stage when the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep, 19 , Carson describes how the earth evolved from a whirling mass of hot gasses into a sphere from which possibly the moon spun out leaving behind the [...]

    26. Michael on said:

      A lot of oceanographic data has been accumulated since Ms Carson published this book in 1950 and even since 1961 when she revised it with updates from data gathered in the intervening decade She was well aware that the data available to her when she wrote would quickly be out of date However, her book is still very valid and informative as an introduction to our oceans She was aware of global warming back then and predicted sea level rises She describes the waves, the winds, the continental shel [...]

    27. Steve Wiggins on said:

      I first read The Sea Around Us many years ago I bought it when I was a tween and treasured it Growing up not far from where Rachel Carson had, I was landlocked but dreamed of the ocean This book took me there Surprisingly, it holds up very well for being nearly 70 years old The descriptions are vivid and the ideas captivating.As those in publishing often say, it is sometimes the writer s story that makes the book Carson s life was fascinating and not a little sad She overcame much to be a woman [...]

    28. Elizabeth Leone on said:

      This book is an incredible slice of science history Rachel Carson wrote this piece years before publishing Silent Spring, which changed the course of ecosystem management, agriculture, and environmental policy forever In this book, we get a glimpse of the discoveries made possible by the technological innovations of WWII, which in turn made possible the revelations that have shaped our modern ecological psyche global climate change, the decline of the fossil fuel industry and complimentary renai [...]

    29. Beatrice on said:

      Il mare intorno a noi un opera monumentale, per molti versi ancora attuale nonostante sia stato scritto negli anni 50, che si propone di raccogliere e spiegare tutto quello che c da sapere sul mare, inserendo nozioni di biologia, fisica, geologia e creando una visione molto organica ed esaustiva.Considerata la mole delle informazioni contenute non stupisce il fatto che non sia una lettura veloce, nonostante la presenza di svariati aneddoti e la prosa quasi lirica della Carson, la scelta degli ar [...]

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