Author: Bill Green
Although scientists may not be a highly religious segment of the population, they still have the common human drive to canonize their forebears. Walking down the garden path where Darwin strode while contemplating the natural world or holding the very telescope that Galileo used to see the moons of Jupiter can invoke an emotional reaction from even the most strident materialist. It is with this sense of wonder that geochemist Bill Green has traveled the world over a long career, seeking out many of the scientific world’s most “holy” sites. Boltzmann’s Tomb is his account of these pilgrimages.
Green has spent most of his career studying the hypersaline lakes of Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys, resulting in his first book, the award winning Water, Ice and Stone, published in 1995. But his scientific interests have always been far ranging and much of this book reveals the numerous peregrinations that finally deposited him on the world’s most desolate continent.