[UCP Books]: Science on Ice

“What is science? Chris Linder and his journalist friends answer that question with exquisite photography and sensitive, informed writing as they journey with scientists to the polar regions. Through Science on Ice, the reader participates in expeditions and becomes aware of the method of inquiry, known as Science, by which, with relevant foreknowledge, questions are asked such that with a bit of creativity (but sometimes under daunting conditions) answers result.  Those answers bring new inquiry. . . . It’s like a drug.”

David Ainley, Penguin Science and The Last Ocean

Science on Ice gives the reader a glimpse into the challenges of conducting field research in the extreme and isolated environments of the Arctic and Antarctic. I came away with a new appreciation of both the risks and adventures scientists experience, the creativity and adaptability they must possess to work in difficult conditions, and most of all, the fact that they are normal human beings with a strong sense of curiosity that fuels their work. This book will help us understand these distant reaches of our world, and it has enormous potential to spark the minds of future would-be scientists.”

Amy Gulick, photographer and author of Salmon in the Trees: Life in Alaska’s Tongass Rain Forest


Science on Ice
Four Polar Expeditions
Chris Linder

Publication Date: December 15, 2011 $40.00 • £26.00
International publication date: January 23, 2012 978-0-226-48247-7 (cloth)

More than a century after the first scientific missions to the poles, the Arctic and Antarctic retain their sense of mystery and drama. World travel may be commonplace, but the poles remain remote enough that few of us will ever actually visit them. Except for scientists, that is—and with Science on Ice, scientist and photographer Chris Linder lets us into their exclusive club. Teaming up with veteran science writers, he takes us along on four polar science expeditions and presents a remarkable words-and-pictures portrait of the way science is done today; we see scientists at work and at play, with all the dedication, endurance, and discoveries that are part and parcel of doing science in the incredibly difficult conditions of the poles. Scenes of breathtaking beauty alternate with images of the more mundane details of the contemporary scientific life—and the result is unforgettable and inspiring.
Chris Linder is an oceanographer and award-winning science photojournalist. He has photographed over a dozen scientific expeditions to the polar regions. His images have been featured in Geo, Nature’s Best Photography, Outdoor Photographer, and Wired. He lives in Seattle.
Please contact Levi Stahl at (773) 702-0289 or lstahl@press.uchicago.edu for more information.


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