I would like to say thank you Pushkin Press for sending me an ARC of The Bathysphere Book: Effects of the Luminous Ocean Depths by Brad Fox for free in exchange for an honest review.
Oh, dear Reader the timing of me receiving this book could not have been made up this book came through my letter box the morning the Titan Sub wreckage was found. I took my time reading this book as I genuinely found it fascinating and kept running off to research things that piqued my interest. I appreciated how Brad took the time to shine a light on several important female scientists whose work was overlooked in their time.
I think we’re already established on this blog that I love nothing more than running off and doing my own research and I am currently in love with books that inspire me to do so. This book is set up uniquely as it isn't a straightforward book it multimedia as it includes illustrations, weather reports and transcripts. You can tell Brad has spent years looking over Beebe’s notebooks and has a clear passion for Beebe’s work. Brad effortlessly brings to life Beebe’s curiosity and flaws.
This book really shows the fascination with ocean exploration and after a quick look on aunty google its stated that only 5% of the ocean has been explored. Personally, I find the ocean slightly more fascinating than space.
Recent events have proven that the ocean can be an unforgiving place, one that should be explored carefully, and the risk shouldn’t be taken lightly. I found it fascinating that the events covered in this book happened on the 11th of June, 1930. Eight years after the sinking of the titanic, imagine being crumpled up inside a steel ball being lowered 3,000 feet into the sea near the Bermuda archipelago. Well, that’s what William Beebe did and gazed through three-inch thick quartz windows.