Monday, December 12, 2011

100 years ago: Amundsen triumphs, Scott freezes

Roald Amundsen - the great Norwegian explorer and navigator took the short route to the south pole. He got there on December 14, 1911 - and back safely. Robert Falcon Scott - burdened by the weight of British science - knowledge, not adventure was the goal - did not get there and did not get back. This slideshow tells some of Scott's story, which is brilliantly told by law professor and historian of science Edward J. Larson, in his recent book “Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science".  John Wilford brings us up to date. - GWC
John Noble Wilford - New York Times - December 12, 2011

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