(2014 - )

After the ice. Life, death and politics in the new Arctic, by Alun Anderson.
Virgin Books (2009). ISBN 24681097531.

24th January, 2014.

Reviewing a book five years after publication is a perilous enterprise. Particularly when the book is stuffed full of the current affairs of the time at which it was published, and amid dynamic, morphing intertwined political and scientific scenarios. This book is about yesterday's current affairs, with implications for today, and I have just finished reading it (17th January, 2014). "After the ice" is still worth reading. Anderson writes as an expert international science journalist. He writes well. He observes, reports, questions and reflects. The latter working with a clear brain full of knowledge of science. He has acute awareness there can be cultural outlooks other than those of Western science and politics. Whether Anderson ought to have questioned more of his observations, or knew enough to filter his observations to most telling effect, I do not know. But on the biology side, I would guess, yes. He is a Ph.D biologist, long-term leader in the world of science publishing, and has exposure now to the latest knowledge and methods in experimental biology. He knows a mammal from a sea anenome, and would have been guided by informed instinct when he took the photographs, and wrote up the notes for this book. Anderson is very well travelled indeed, not short on geopolitical awareness, legal acuity and tersely expressed assertive, defendable opinions. I know this from my own professional interactions with him over the years. He and I met first in Washington DC. I worked for New Scientist. He worked for Nature. As a news and features long-time journalist and editor myself, with pretensions, via my own published work, to writing as a professional historian, I think this book contains a lot of professional value for anyone interested in the Arctic today. It is certainly a book I need on my book shelf. And - if I wanted a job with the oil and gas industry - I would buy this book immediately.
Helen Gavaghan, Author of "Something new Under the Sun, Satellites and the beginning of the space Age" (Copernicus/Springer Verlag. New York, 1997). A history of the emergence of telecommunication, meterological and navigation satellites from the International Geophysical Year of 1957-58.

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three-dimensional structure of protein, conceptualised in four dimensions by Helen Gavaghan

An illustration (resized) I created of Johan Galtung's view about balance between anarchy and tight regulation for effective, fair society. The work draws on my biophysics background, and understanding of three-dimensional protein structures in four dimensions.

The illustration was used initially in Science, People & Politics issn 1751 598x (online), issue 2, volume i, VII, published 2nd March, 2009.

Reproduced with the permission of Helen Gavaghan and Fred Pearce, shareholders' in the magazine's owning company. The official receiver, as shown in the owning company's share register, has beneficial use of shares 1 to 9, and shares 1 to 9 are registered at Companies House under the name of Helen Gavaghan. The shareholders have waived re-use fee for this illustration, and did not impose restrictions on cropping and resizing of the image for publication.

ISSN of the publication corrected post publication.