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Breaking the Ice by Professor David Vaughan

Breaking the Ice by Professor David Vaughan

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This is the story of a Churchill College undergraduate who became Director of Science at British Antarctic Survey. In this deeply personal memoir Professor David Vaughan shares the excitement of his first glaciological field trip to Antarctica, passion for the ice and the exhausting efforts that he and colleagues from the international glaciological community made to explain the meaning of their research to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. For the first time we go behind the scenes to discover what it takes to undertake polar research and to reach scientific consensus about a global issue. 

This memoir is filled with excitement, passion, reflection, and finally, a heart-breaking diagnosis in 2020. Faced with the devastating discovery of stomach cancer that was to claim his life in 2023, David describes how contemplation, and creative leather work helped bring calm and readjustment to his life. 

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