The Myth of Solid Ground by David L. Ulin
Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith

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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.


About David L. Ulin

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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.
Published July 22, 2004 by Viking Adult. 304 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Ulin's quest for the truth about earthquakes is partly a personal journey in which he seeks to overcome post-traumatic stress and partly an introduction to the field of seismology, the study of earthquakes and seismic waves.

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Ulin's Ground offers an engaging survey of modern earthquake science, a ''constantly shifting middle ground between research and folklore, legend and fact,'' and places it in the context of the loopy denial mechanism at work in most Californians' ''If we don't think about it, we'll never hav...

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