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Hollow Earth

Hollow Earth

The Long and Curious History of Imagining Strange Lands, Fantastical Creatures, Advanced Civilizatio

Beliefs in mysterious underworlds are as old as humanity. But the idea that the earth has a hollow interior was first proposed as a scientific theory in 1691 by Sir Edmond Halley (of comet fame), who suggested that there might be life down there as well. Hollow Earth traces the surprising, marvelous, and just plain weird permutations his ideas have taken over the centuries. From science fiction to utopian societies and even religions, Hollow Earth travels through centuries and cultures, exploring how each era's relationship to the idea of a hollow earth mirrored its hopes, fears, and values. Illustrated with everything from seventeenth-century maps to 1950s pulp art to movie posters and more, Hollow Earth is for anyone interested in the history of strange ideas that just won't go away.
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Genre: Nonfiction / History / World

On Sale: September 10th 2007

Price: $2.99 / $3.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 304

ISBN-13: 9780306816383

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Isis, June 2009
“[A] breezily written, well-illustrated journalistic survey…A popular history of ‘esoteric’ science…Mine it for nuggets to spice up undergraduate lectures.”
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