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The Earthquake Observers: Disaster Science from Lisbon to Richter

Deborah R. Coen

Abstract

Earthquakes have taught us much about our planet's hidden structure and the forces that have shaped it. This knowledge rests not only on the recordings of seismographs, but also on the observations of eyewitnesses to destruction. During the nineteenth century, a scientific description of an earthquake was built of stories—stories from as many people in as many situations as possible. Sometimes their stories told of fear and devastation, sometimes of wonder and excitement. This book acquaints readers with not only the century’s most eloquent seismic commentators, including Alexander von Humbold ... More

Keywords: earthquakes, seismology, alexander von humboldt, Charles darwin, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Karl Kraus, Ernst Mach, John Muir, Richter Scale

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226111810
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226111834.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deborah R. Coen, author