David Whitehouse
David Whitehouse

DAVID WHITEHOUSE is an author and broadcaster (a regular on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme, Sky News, The Jeremy Vine Show, etc.) and one of the worlds’s most cited journalists. He was science editor of BBC News Online and science correspondent for BBC Radio. He is also the author of ONE SMALL STEP and GALILEO. Before becoming a journalist he was a scientist at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory of University College London and received his doctorate from Jodrell Bank Radio Observatory. He is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a past president of the Society for Popular Astronomy. In 2005 he received the first ‘Arthur’ for outstanding space reporting. He has won an unprecedented five Netmedia awards including the prestigious European Internet Journalist of the Year as well as a Glaxo award. Asteroid 4036 Whitehouse orbits the sun between Mars and Jupiter.

 

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JOurney to the centre of the earth

A Scientific exploration into the Heart of our planet

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Our planet appears tranquil from outer space. And yet the arcs of volcanoes, the earthquake zones and the auroral glow rippling above our heads are testimony to something remarkable happening inside.

For thousands of years the subterranean world was alien, perhaps even the gateway to Hell itself, it was explained in legend and myth. Only in recent times has the brave new science of seismology emerged. One hundred and fifty years after the extraordinary imaginative feat of Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth, David Whitehouse embarks on a voyage of scientific discovery into the heart of our world.

Whitehouse’s book encompasses the history of our planet and the latest findings about its inner core. We watch as supercomputers convert signals from the ground into three-dimensional scans of subterranean continents, visit laboratories where scientists attempt to reproduce the intense conditions at the centre of the Earth, travel down the throat of a volcano, look into the deepest hole ever drilled.

Today's scientists are uncovering a bizarre world beneath our feet, far stranger than anyone had ever imagined. Inside the Earth is a place where rock acts like plastic dragging the continents apart and then forcing them together raising giant mountain ranges. Storms rage within a sea of white-hot metal in the outer core, vast plumes of rock rise from the Earth's core spawning giant volcanoes, giant slabs from the surface sink like enormous battleships, and iron crystals the size of cities grow in our planet's heart of iron which is almost the size of the Moon. Motions within the molten core - as hot as the surface of the Sun - produce a magnetic field that shelters every living thing above.

We know more about the distant planets and stars than we do about the centre of the Earth. It is time for a modern retelling of Verne’s famous tale, this time with the benefit of the science we have done in the intervening years. This book comes at the right time because recent discoveries and new equipment are revealing a new and even stranger world beneath our feet. The Earth has been a busy place since it was formed.

‘Whitehouse takes readers on a richly rewarding journey through space and time in this scientific travelogue.’ Kirkus Reviews

‘A tour-de-force, utterly compelling. Whitehouse is terrific.’ The Financial Times

‘Outstanding.’ The Daily Telegraph

‘A treasure-trove.’ New Scientist

'This is a fascinating investigation of geologic history.' Publishers Weekly

'A great introduction to the mysteries of Earth’s depths.' Science News

'Whitehouse writes on all subjects with confidence and clarity.'
The Bookseller

'An outstanding television and radio storyteller.' BBC News

'As a science communicator he is in a class of his own.'
Arthur C. Clarke Awards

'He unveils the universe and unweaves the rainbow.'
Netmedia Online Awards

'The author's brimming passion for his subject is obvious.' The Guardian

'David writes like an angel.' Glaxo Awards

'Dr Science. He can't be stumped.' BBC Radio 4

'His knowledge of space and astronomy is remarkable.' Sky News

Sales

Weidenfeld & Nicholson/ Orion UK (WEL)

Pegasus Books USA

Humanitas Romania

Tsukiji Shokan Japan

Material: finished copies (255pp).

The Sun: A Biography (revised edition)
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In THE SUN, David Whitehouse takes us on a journey to the heart of our local star and beyond, relating how it was born, the many ways it influences life on Earth and how it will die. He recounts the many myths surrounding the Sun and the fascinating stories of scientists throughout history who have attempted to discover its secrets occasionally at the price of their lives.

THE SUN explores the role of the sun for those on Earth, from the earliest civilisations that worshipped it, through its emulation in art and literature to the present day. He describes the inferno at its core, the magnetic chaos of its surface and the furthest reaches of its atmosphere that stretches beyond the planets out into the galaxy. Within our lifetime he considers that changes in the sun will become noticeable, an issue that we ignore at our peril.

Finally, Whitehouse speculates on the future of life on Earth with a Sun that must ultimately turn into a red giant. From its birth in a cloud of gas and dust, its long lifetime nurturing life on our own planet, to its death as a cosmic cinder, this is our Sun’s story.

‘A treasure trove of science, speculation and anecdote about our star. Whitehouse touches on everything from the birth of the sun in a cold interstellar cloud to its predicted death as a bloated red giant.’
New Scientist

‘An intelligent safety-goggles-on look at [a] star that's intrigued humankind since day one... wide-ranging and excellent.’ Insight

‘Understanding the nature of the sun is key to understanding our universe and to life on earth. Whitehouse skillfully weaves his extraordinary scientific knowledge with history, philosophy, archeology and religion to produce this fascinating account of the life and future of the sun.’ Aakdemia, Germany

‘Whitehouse has done an outstanding job.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘This is a well written and enjoyable account of the importance of this object in our lives, what we know about our nearest star and - just as important - how we know it. A particular strength of the book is that it places this knowledge in its social context, showing how such understanding contributed to the cosmologies of the time.’ Times Educational Supplement

‘A rich history of the Sun’s influence on humanity extends back for millennia, and Whitehouse lavishes loving attention on everybody from the Babylonians to the Chinese, from the Irish to the Aztecs. Once we get past the Scientific Revolution, a plethora of observations bolster the central story, which continues to explore human understanding of our parent star… Whitehouse tracks the divergent events and ideas with the dogged determination of a scientific sleuth resolved to turn up every available clue about the Sun and its history (and) has provided us with a spectacularly detailed written portrait of the Sun: rife with historical and scientific details, a story materializes about not just the detailed nature of Earth’s parent star, but also about the process by which science proceeds and the methodology of discovery.’ The Planetarian

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Earlier version published by (all rights reverted):

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Kailas Spain

Mondadori Italy

Naklada Ljevak Biblit Croatia

Eksmo Russia

Whistler Publishing Korea

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Material: Previous English edition (344pp); full revised text.

 

 

The Moon: A Biography (revised edition)
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Since pre-history, the moon has fascinated man, exerting a tremendous influence over the earth and its inhabitants. It has had a central role for most cultures and their poets, painters and musicians as well as lovers have taken it as a source of inspiration. Whitehouse's book brings together these various aspects in elegant and informed prose, ranging in time from the Moonwatchers of Lascaux and the awe of primitive man, on to Galileo, Van Eyck and Thomas Harriot (an unfairly neglected British moon-scientist), the Apollo Missions of the 1970s and 1980s, the unmanned missions of recent times and the exciting discovery of ice at the polar caps.

‘This must surely be the most wide-ranging book on Earth’s nearest neighbour ever written. A great book with countless places, characters and subjects explored… This is by no means a book only for astronomers or even those interested in the sciences. There is much here to interest art historians, readers of pre-20th century literature, psychiatrists and biographers.’ The Bookseller

‘A spellbinding story. Few of us have not been fascinated by the man in the moon - and wondered what his world is like. This book tells it all.’
Liverpool Echo

‘The author’s brimming passion for his subject is obvious… deserves to be widely read.’ Guardian

‘It took ten years to create… and another four billion before man visited it. But, as this new book reveals, it took an Elizabethan Englishman to put it all into focus… a fantastic book.’ Daily Mail

‘An informative and highly enjoyable mix of astronomy, history and myth that is a cluttered and as charming as a Victorian museum… such details are a delight, and Whitehouse’s well-researched book is infused with an enthusiasm he says he acquired as a boy, when the Apollo missions kept him spellbound. THE MOON shows a familiar friend in a whole new light.’ Scotland on Sunday

‘A tour-de-force, utterly compelling. Whitehouse is terrific, a magical enthusiast.’ Financial Times

Sales

Weidenfeld & Nicholson/ Orion UK (WEL)

Earlier version published by (all rights reverted):

Headline UK

Kailas Spain

Dunod France

Tsukiji Shokan Japan

Material: Previous English edition (320pp); full revised text.