Jo Chandler: Feeling the Heat

Strange weather

Rosaleen Love


Feeling the Heat
by Jo Chandler
Melbourne University Press, $39.99 pb, 314 pp, 9780522857719


In Feeling the Heat, journalist and science writer Jo Chandler voyages to Antarctica (mostly), where she meets and talks with scientists about the meaning of their work. She reminds me of the eighteenth-century philosophical travellers, the first anthropologists who travelled to strange lands (Australia included) to observe the language and customs of savage peoples, and to learn from them. From ice field and coral reef, Chandler reports on the latest in climate science, as if meeting the inhabitants of a distant country where they do things differently.

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Rosaleen Love

Over the past forty years, Rosaleen Love has published on Australian science and society, both in non-fiction, and in fiction. Her most recent books are Reefscape: Reflections on the Great Barrier Reef (2000), and The Traveling Tide (2005). She has commissioned book reviews for The Age, and for the journal Metascience.

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