By Lance Endersbee, 264 pages, hardcover
(Limited stock available as is now out of print)
‘A scientific detective story…’ ‘Superbly produced, with copious figures…’ ‘impressive, quietly-argued…’
‘A Voyage of Discovery’ by Lance Endersbee is now out of print and hard to find. The Australian Citizens Party has some of the last copies available.
Prof. Endersbee, a former president of the Institution of Engineers Australia, writes of his book, ‘(it) is a report of my enquiries, written for the general reader and the professions involved, and also to help young scientists and engineers appreciate the exciting history of ideas in science. It has been written as a scientific detective story, where each clue is part of the mystery. All the clues combine to reveal a new picture of our wonderful world”.
Among other startling ideas, Endersbee makes a compelling argument that deep groundwater, upon which 3 billion people depend for their fresh water, is NOT replenished by rainfall. Rather it is plutonic, meaning it was formed by seismic and magma processes deep within the earth. This in turn means the withdrawal of fresh water from deep wells is a one-way process, and the human species must realize this and compensate for it.
‘I’m not a sceptic, I’m an angry professor’, said Prof. Endersbee.
What was he angry about?
‘I detected a common thread of human factors that lead to the disregard of all evidence or information that was contrary to the fashionable view.’
Based on his extensive research, which included reviving the work of many all-but-forgotten scientific geniuses, Prof. Endersbee concludes the freshwater crisis has been greatly underplayed, and climate change has been overplayed.
Endersbee makes much of the argument that the earth is dynamic in the sense of ‘continuing to evolve’. This concept is somewhat at variance with the widely held view that the earth is essentially constant like a clock, following a regular program of days and seasons, with small variations of climate and geological activity within established and predictable ranges.
Chapters 12 to 27 cover a wide range of related topics. There is a review of the fascinating possibility that the earth may be expanding, comments on the origin of deep earthquakes, sedimentary basins and fold mountains, the origin of petroleum and even the recent ice ages, the record of the ice cores and the history of the moon.
Get your copy of this rare and fascinating book now, which is sure to delight and surprise the inquiring mind.