The Universe Below

The Universe Below

Discovering the Secrets of the Deep Sea

By William J. Broad; Dimitry Schidlovsky (Illustrator)

Touchstone Books, Paperback, 9780684838526, 432pp.

Publication Date: June 1998


Pulitzer Prize winner William J. Broad takes us on an adventure to the planet's last and most exotic frontier -- the depths of the sea. The Universe Below examines how we are illuminating its dark recesses as a wave of advanced technology quietly opens the Earth's largest and most mysterious environment.

Broad takes us on breathtaking dives and expeditions -- to the Azores, to the Titanic, to hot springs teeming with bizarre life, to icy fissures aswarm with gulper eels, vampire squids, and gelatinous beasts longer than a city bus. We meet legendary explorers and researchers and go with them as they probe the ancient mysteries of a universe that encompasses the vast majority of the Earth's habitable space and holds millions of humanity's lost artworks and treasures.

The Universe Below is an unforgettable trip to our last great unexplored frontier.

About the Author
Broad writes about science.

William J. Broad writes about science for "The New York Times" and has twice won Pulitzer Prizes with his colleagues there. He is the author of a number of hooks on science topics, including "Teller's War" and "Star Warriors." He lives in Larchmont, New York, with his wife and three children.

Praise For The Universe Below

John Durant The New York Times Book Review By combining personal experience, conversations with scientists and a wide-ranging historical review, [Broad] has given us a readable and reliable guide to the last great wilderness on earth....A splendid guide to this ultimate terra incognita.

David Pawson The Washington Post Book World ...a fascinating, beautifully written account of a truly unfamiliar world.

The New Yorker Broad's sense of wonderment is almost always infectious.