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    DescriptionA gripping modern-day detective story about the scientific quest to understand the Oracle of Delphi Like "Walking the Bible," this fascinating book turns a modern eye on an enduring legend. The Oracle of Delphi was one of the most influential figures in ancient Greece. Human mistress of the god Apollo, she had the power to enter into ecstatic communion with him and deliver his prophesies to men. Thousands of years later, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist William J. Broad follows a crew of enterprising researchers as they sift through the evidence of history, geology, and archaeology to reveal--as far as science is able--the source of her visions.


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    Title
    The Oracle
    Subtitle
    Ancient Delphi and the Science Behind Its Lost Secrets
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William J Broad
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780143038597
    ISBN 10: 0143038591
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25530
    BIC subject category V2: HRAX
    Abridged Dewey: 930
    LC classification: DE
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BIC subject category V2: HD
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    BISAC V2.8: REL072000
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    B&T Approval Code: A13260000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI031000, HIS002000, HIS002010
    B&T Approval Code: A17600000
    DC21: 292.32
    DC22: 292.32
    BISAC V2.8: REL033000
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NK, QRAX, NHD, NHC, QRA
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAG
    Edition
    Annotated
    Edition statement
    annotated edition
    Publisher
    Penguin Books
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books
    Publication date
    01 February 2007
    Author Information
    William J. Broad is a senior writer at The New York Times and with colleagues there has twice won the Pulitzer Prize as well as an Emmy. For three decades, he has covered topics ranging from biology and geology to astronomy and nuclear arms. He is the author or coauthor of six books, most recently Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War, a number-one New York Times bestseller. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and his work featured in The Best American Science Writing 2005. He holds a master's degree in the history of science from the University of Wisconsin and lives with his wife and three children in Larchmont, New York.
    Review quote
    An absorbing historical tale. ("Entertainment Weekly")