PROJECT

History of Deep Carbon Science

A History of Deep Carbon Science from Crust to Core

Academic historian of science Simon Mitton is writing A History of Deep Carbon Science from Crust to Core. It will deliver the first history of deep carbon science, identifying and documenting the key discoveries, the impact of new knowledge, and the roles of deep carbon scientists and their institutions from the 1400s to the present. Cambridge University Press is publishing the book, which is slated for release in 2019.

Mitton is the author or co-author of 15 science books for adults, the majority of which are in the fields of astronomy and planetary science. His history of science books include Fred Hoyle: A life in science (Joseph Henry Press, NAS Washington 2005; re-issued by Cambridge University Press 2011); Heart of Darkness: Unraveling the mysteries of the invisible universe (Princeton University Press, 2013); and an edited collection Cambridge Scientific Minds (Cambridge 2002). Mitton is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Fellow of the Geological Society, London, and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

About the Author

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    Simon Mitton is the author or co-author of 15 science books, the majority of which are in the fields of astronomy and planetary science. His history of science books includeFred Hoyle: A life in science (Joseph Henry Press, NAS Washington 2005; re-issued by Cambridge University Press 2011); Heart of Darkness: Unraveling the mysteries of the invisible universe (Princeton University Press, 2013); and an edited collection Cambridge Scientific Minds (Cambridge University Press, 2002). Mitton is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Fellow of the Geological Society, London, and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.The International Astronomical Union named the Minor Planet 4027 “Mitton” as a joint award to Simon and Jacqueline Mitton for “the dissemination of astronomy” through their writing and editorial activities.

Updates

Research Underway

Simon Mitton is seeking input from scientists around the globe regarding those who have contributed significantly to knowledge to advance what is known about deep carbon science.  

Thought Leaders Input

Simon Mitton has returned to Washington, DC, to conduct a last series of interviews to integrate 21st century thought leaders into his book.  

Interviews and Preparations

Simon Mitton is conducting interviews in preparation for writing A History of Deep Carbon Science from Crust to Core: A Chronicle of Deep Carbon Science. Cambridge University Press is publishing the book, which is slated for publication in 2019.

Further Reading

Mitton, S. 2015. Fred Hoyle’s Birth Centennial. Astr. Geophys., 56: 6.10–6.14 

O’Raifeartaigh, C., O’Keeffe, M., Nahm, W. and Mitton, S. 2015. Einstein's cosmology review of 1933: a new perspective on the Einstein-de Sitter model of the cosmos. Eur. Phys. J. H 40: 301–336 

O’Raifeartaigh, C, and Mitton, S. 2015. A new perspective on steady-state cosmology: from Einstein to Hoyle. arXiv:1506.01651v1 (To be published in the Proceedings of the 2014 Institute of Physics International Conference on the History of Physics, Cambridge University Press 2016, in press) 

Southwood, D., Cowley, S. W. H., and Mitton, S, (eds). 2015. Magnetospheric Plasma Physics: The Impact of Jim Dungey’s Research. Springer, Heidelberg. 

Ostriker, J. P. and Mitton, S. 2015. Heart of Darkness, Unlocking the Mysteries of the Invisible Universe. (paperback reprint of 2012 edition.) Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey. 

Mitton, S. 2015 Where is Fred Hoyle’s ‘Pale Blue Dot’ Prediction of 1948? Observatory, 134: 367–368. 

O’Raifeartaigh, C., McCann, B., Nahm, W. and Mitton, S. Einstein’s steady-state theory: an abandoned model of the cosmos. Eur. Phys. J. H 39: 353–367 

Mitton, S. 2014. How Beatrice Tinsley Destroyed Sandage’s Quest for a Standard Candle. Am. Astr. Soc., AAS Meeting #223, Abstract #90.06  

Holder, R. D. and Mitton, S. 2012. Georges Lemaître: A Brief Introduction to His Science, His Theology, and His Impact. In Holder R. D. and Mitton, S (eds) Georges Lemaître: Life, Science and Legacy, Springer, Heidelberg, p 1–7. 

Gold, T, and Mitton, S. 2012. Taking the Back off the Watch. Springer, Heidelberg. 

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