Hollow Earth: The Long and Curious History of Imagining Strange Lands, Fantastical Creatures, Advanced Civilizati by David StandishHollow Earth: The Long and Curious History of Imagining Strange Lands, Fantastical Creatures, Advanced Civilizati by David Standish

Hollow Earth: The Long and Curious History of Imagining Strange Lands, Fantastical Creatures…

byDavid Standish

Paperback | July 3, 2007

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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.
David Standish is the author of The Art of Money and has written for Smithsonian, Audubon, Esquire, Outside, Travel & Leisure, Playboy, and Chicago magazine. He lives in Chicago.
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Title:Hollow Earth: The Long and Curious History of Imagining Strange Lands, Fantastical Creatures…Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.12 × 6 × 0.62 inPublished:July 3, 2007Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306815338

ISBN - 13:9780306815331

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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.”