Doug Macdougall is emeritus professor of earth sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of several books, including Nature's Clocks: How Scientists Measure the Age of Almost Everything and Why Geology Matters: Decoding the Past, Anticipating the Future.
The nineteenth-century Challenger expedition was a voyage with a single purpose-scientific discovery. Macdougall looks forward rather than back and connects the Challenger findings with modern oceanographic and even lunar explorations. The result is truly a delight to read. -Brian Skinner, Yale University An epic Victorian-age expedition made relevant to the world today by Macdougall's masterful prose. The excitement of discovery is infectiously brought to life in this delightful read. A landmark book about a landmark voyage. -Nick Fraser, National Museums Scotland Macdougall's book not only brings to light a fascinating scientific expedition but also draws attention to the importance of scientific exploration and discovery even in today's modern world. -S. E. Brazer, Salisbury University