Eaten by a Giant Clam: Great Adventures in Natural Science

Eaten by a Giant Clam: Great Adventures in Natural Science

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By (author) Joseph Cummins

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  • Publisher: PIER 9
  • Format: Hardback | 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 200mm x 38mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Millers Point
  • ISBN 10: 1741967538
  • ISBN 13: 9781741967531
  • Sales rank: 262,202

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The history of natural science across its many disciplines, including zoology, botany, geology or even malacology (the study of molluscs) is often a case of truth being stranger than fiction. There are countless stirring, occasionally alarming, natural history adventure stories to be told, rollicking tales of men and women risking life and limb in the name of science and in the cause of the broadening of human knowledge. Eaten by a Giant Clam focuses on the work of these natural scientists in the field. It comprises 22 stories, with a focus on the heyday of natural history endeavours between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries. Each story surveys the life and career of the scientist, with the main focus being career highlights and their most striking adventures. This fascinating book ranges in content from the humorous to the tragic, from the virtually unbelievable to the inspirational.

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Joseph Cummins is the author of History's Great Untold Stories, History's Greatest Hits, Turn Around and Run Like Hell, Great Rivals in History, Cast Away, First Encounters and Eaten by a Giant Clam for Pier 9, as well as Anything for a Vote: A History of Dirty Tricks and October Surprises in America's Presidential Elections (Quirk). He has also edited two anthologies for Lyons Press, Cannibals: Shocking True Stories of the Last Taboo on Land and at Sea (2002) and The Greatest Search and Rescue Stories Ever Told (2001), and written a novel called The Show Train (Akashic Books, 2001). He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.