The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith

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Viking, 2004 - Science - 290 pages
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From the first earthquake David L. Ulin experienced in San Francisco at age eighteen, he was fascinated with the daily lives of Californians, who seem to be going about their business with just an occasional rumbling interruption. But these tectonic shifts could easily wreak cataclysmic havoc, just as they did in the great earthquake of 1906.

In The Myth of Solid Ground, Ulin explores how an unlikely collection of scientists, psychics, and apocalyptics have made startlingly accurate earthquake predictions based on everything from magnetic fields to the behavior of whales. In the end, Ulin uses the world of earthquake prediction to explore the deep fault lines of belief and the human longing to hold control, no matter how misguided, over a mysterious and deadly phenomenon that is as much a part of California as speed, youth, and celebrity.

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Review: The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith

User Review  - Ammie - Goodreads

I think the premise behind this book was almost better than the book itself: in seismologically active areas, how do science and myth, fact and faith, come together for the people who live there ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

Ostensibly about earthquake prediction, this book is really about living in a place which forces you to confront your mortality each time you feel a temblor, is about the quiescent and uneasy peace we ... Read full review

Contents

Three April Earthquakes
1
The XFiles
34
A Brief History of Seismology
74
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

David L. Ulin is the editor of Another City: Writing from Los Angeles and Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology. He is a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times and LA Weekly; he has also written for GQ, the Nation, The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic Monthly, and the Chicago Tribune.

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