- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Eamon Dolan/Mariner Books; Reprint edition (May 5, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 054448407X
- ISBN-13: 978-0544484078
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 241 customer reviews
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Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves Paperback – May 5, 2015
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“The deeper the book ventures into the ocean, the more dramatic and unusual the organisms therein and the people who observe them…Through [Nestor's] eyes and his stories, it’s a journey well worth taking.”
— David Epstein, New York Times Book Review
—Wall Street Journal
"An engaging exploration of the depths of the world's oceans and the human connection to the rapidly changing world below. This is popular science writing at its best."
—Christian Science Monitor
"Rich and illuminating ... A passionate celebration of the possible and the unproven ... [Deep] will certainly enrich the thinking of anyone planning to spend time at the beach."
"Truly breathtaking ... Nestor gets right in with the competitors and rogue scientists who are unearthing mysteries of the deep and its inhabitants that we can't even imagine, in a book that's engaging and eye-popping."
"Nestor is crisp with his fun, seafaring facts; he is sober with his sprinkling of environmental bulletins. The book never preaches, and it’s a zippy read."
—Los Angeles Times
"Freediving, the sport that harnesses the mammalian dive reflex to survive deep plunges, can be a boon for marine researchers, avers James Nestor. We meet a salty cast of them, such as the 'aquanauts' of Aquarius, a marine analogue of the International Space Station submerged off the Florida Keys. Equally mesmeric are Nestor's own adventures, whether spotting bioluminescent species from a submarine in the bathypelagic zone, or freediving himself — and voyaging into humanity's amphibious origins in the process."
"Put Deep at the top of your reading list. This book will do for the oceans what Cosmos did for space. It's mind-bending, intrepid, and inspiring."
— Po Bronson
"With verve and humor, the author describes his own risk-taking attempts to understand the ocean's ancient secrets and future potential and the daring and brilliant people who have dedicated their lives to probing deeper ... [Nestor's] writing is sharp, colorful, and thrilling ... Bring[s] the ocean to life from a research perspective as well as a human one. An adventurous and frequently dazzling look at our planet's most massive habitat."
"A thrilling account, made timely by the rapidly changing state of earth’s most expansive environment." —Publishers Weekly
From the Back Cover
Deep is a voyage from the oceans surface to its darkest trenches, the most mysterious places on Earth. Fascinated by the sport of freedivingin which competitors descend great depths on a single breathJames Nestor embeds with a gang of oceangoing extreme athletes and renegade researchers. He finds whales that communicate with other whales hundreds of miles away, sharks that swim in unerringly straight lines through pitch-black waters, and other strange phenomena. Most illuminating of all, he learns that these abilities are reflected in our own remarkable, and often hidden, potentialincluding echolocation, directional sense, and the profound bodily changes humans undergo when underwater. Along the way, Nestor unlocks his own freediving skills as he communes with the pioneers who are expanding our definition of what is possible in the natural world, and in ourselves.
A journey well worth taking. David Epstein, New York Times Book Review
Nestor pulls us below the surface into a world far beyond imagining and opens our eyes to these unseen places. Dallas Morning News
This is popular science writing at its best. Christian Science Monitor
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James Nestor has written for Outside,Mens Journal, Scientific American,Dwell, the New York Times, Salon, the San Francisco Chronicle, and other publications. He lives in San Francisco.
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Now apply those abilities to experimental, predictive science. (If it's not experimental AND predictive, it's not really science at all.) The range of possibilities is fantastic. Yes, I know, it's controversial, but either those using the techniques are doing good science (ie: predictive and experimental) or they are not. Either they are applying the Scientific Method or they are not. The techniques determine the impact of the observer and limit the valid experiments possible, but everything that is valid IS valid, end of story. Argue the experiments on grounds of merit all you like, but no other complaint has any standing worthy of the name.
James Nestor is a brilliant, skilled writer and a consummate professional who held my interest and provided a wealth of enjoyment from the first page to the last. He could write a washing machine manual next and I would buy and read it just for the sheer joy of experiencing his work.
Reading this book enriched my life in so many ways.
It's a very interesting look into the ocean, quite unlike any other marine biology book I've read. I went into this with no expectations or ideas of what it would be.
The book is cleverly structured around depth, so Chapter One covers the surface, Chapter Two covers 60 feet down, etc. all the way until he's writing about what happens 28,000 feet below the surface. Mr. Nestor traveled around the world to seek out the freedivers who are swimming deeper than anyone has ever done before. Apparently, each of us has the potential to hold our breaths for 5 minutes underwater. After reading this book, I believe that's possible.