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Greater Glory: Science and the race to the pole 100 years later

By Yvonne D  

Pulitzer Prize winning historian Edward J. Larson is the author of ten books on topics in the history of science or exploration. His latest book, An Empire of Ice, deals with science during the heroic age of Antarctic exploration, which culminated 100 years ago in Robert F. Scott and Roald Amundsen reaching the South Pole within five weeks of each other. Displaying remarkable planning and execution, Amundsen’s party returned safely and quickly. Scott and his men died on their long struggle back. Initially lionized as a tragic hero, Scott is now widely portrayed as a Victorian bungler whose vanity and…

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