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Richter's Scale: Measure of an Earthquake, Measure of a Man

Richter's Scale: Measure of an Earthquake, Measure of a Man


作者  /  Susan Elizabeth Hough

出版社 / PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS

出版日期 / 2016/11/01

商品語言 / 英文

裝訂 / 平裝

定價 / NT$770

售價 / 66折, NT$ 508

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By developing the scale that bears his name, Charles Richter not only invented the concept of magnitude as a measure of earthquake size, he turned himself into nothing less than a household word. He remains the only seismologist whose name anyone outside of narrow scientific circles would likely recognize. Yet few understand the Richter scale itself, and even fewer have ever understood the man.

Drawing on the wealth of papers Richter left behind, as well as dozens of interviews with his family and colleagues, Susan Hough takes the reader deep into Richter's complex life story, setting it in the context of his family and interpersonal attachments, his academic career, and the history of seismology.

Among his colleagues Richter was known as intensely private, passionately interested in earthquakes, and iconoclastic. He was an avid nudist, seismologists tell each other with a grin; he dabbled in poetry. He was a publicity hound, some suggest, and more famous than he deserved to be. But even his closest associates were unaware that he struggled to reconcile an intense and abiding need for artistic expression with his scientific interests, or that his apparently strained relationship with his wife was more unconventional but also stronger than they knew. Moreover, they never realized that his well-known foibles might even have been the consequence of a profound neurological disorder.

In this biography, Susan Hough artfully interweaves the stories of Richter's life with the history of earthquake exploration and seismology. In doing so, she illuminates the world of earth science for the lay reader, much as Sylvia Nasar brought the world of mathematics alive in A Beautiful Mind.







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誠品26碼 /2681466733008
ISBN 13 /9780691173283
ISBN 10 /0691173281
EAN /9780691173283

頁數336
尺寸22.9X15.2CM
裝訂平裝
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語言英文




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