Reflections on a Summer Sea
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Reflections on a Summer Sea by Trevor Norton
Book DescriptionThis is the funny and touching story of a menagerie of eccentric and talented ecologists who, mainly as a hobby, spent forty summers at Lough Ine, a stunning marine lough in a corner of Ireland, where myths seep from the ground like will o' the wisps and, in one of the most unlikely projects in the history of science, were responsible for the reinvention of marine biology. Among the stars of the book are the marine creatures that occupy the lake: sea urchins that won't dine unless they wear a hat, otters that steal experiments, and worms that will only mate by order of the moon. The creatures' eccentric behaviour is matched only by that of the ecologists themselves, whose antics and interactions with their Irish neighbours are all lovingly described with Norton's keen eye for both the wonderful and the absurd. But for all its humour, the book is also a moving account of two ecologists who collaborated for forty years until their friendship came to a tragic end. The book brings together all the rich flavours of Ireland, the wonders of natural history and the magic of being a marine biologist just for the fun of it.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099416166
(198mm x 129mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Trevor Norton
Imagination and a Pile of Junk, Paperback (June 2015)
'Norton writes with wit and a fine eye for the poetry in the scientific world...funny and gripping.' The Guardian
Underwater to Get Out of the Rain, Paperback (May 2007)
The treasures of a lifetime of global marine research and intrepid diving are gathered in this celebration of life underwater.
Stars Beneath the Sea, Paperback (May 2000)» View all books by Trevor Norton
This history of diving traces its evolution from fishing with spears to today's high-tech equipment. It includes accounts of some of the eccentric exploits of the pioneers.
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Author Biography - Trevor Norton
Trevor Norton is Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Liverpool and Director of the Port Erin Marine Laboratory on the Isle of Man. He has authored over 150 scientific publications and books, and is an authority on the history of scientific diving.
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