Other books byMary Gribbin
From Here to Infinity
The Royal Observatory Greenwich Guide to Astronomy
Analyzing the planets of our solar system as well as the wider universe, this definitive reference provides an unparalleled understanding of all aspects of astronomy. From straightforward questions regarding the distance of stars and Galileo’s discoveries to theories on the possible expansion of the universe, this examination is sure to appeal to both amateur astronomers and space buffs. Beautifully photographed and illustrated with detailed diagrams, this is a highly authoritative and fascinating guide to one of the most exciting areas of scientific research.
A Life in Science
The Remarkable Story of Darwin's Captain and...
The name of Robert FitzRoy, captain of the Beagle, is forever linked with that of his most famous passenger, Charles Darwin. This exceptionally interesting biography brings FitzRoy out of Darwin’s shadow for the first time, revealing a man who experienced high adventure, suffered tragic disappointments, andas the inventor of weather forecastingsaved the lives of countless fellow mariners. John Gribbin and Mary Gribbin draw a detailed portrait of FitzRoy, recounting the wide range of his accomplishments and exploring the motivations that drove him. As a very young and successful commander in the British navy, FitzRoy’s life was in the mold of a Patrick O’Brian novel. Later disappointments, including an unpopular tenure as governor of New Zealand and a sense of dismay over his own contributions to Darwin’s ideas of evolution, troubled FitzRoy. Even his groundbreaking accomplishments in meteorological science failed to satisfy his high personal expectations, and in 1865 FitzRoy committed suicide at the age of sixty. This biography focuses well-deserved attention on FitzRoy’s status as a scientist and seaman, affirming that his was a life which, despite its sorrowful end, encompassed many more successes than failures.