The true story of the invention, disasters, and adventures of the first bathysphere—a small, cramped, bare-bones spherical deep-sea submersible that set the world record for deepest dive in 1934. Explorer William Beebe and engineering grad student Otis Barton teamed up despite mismatched personalities and disagreements and changed deep-sea exploration forever. Told through engaging rhyme, this playfully illustrated addition to the Unhinged History series follows their journey from frustrated inventors to international celebrities. The tiny bathysphere was miserable to be in, with terrible lighting, little room to move, stale air, and minuscule portholes—but still the scientist-adventurers went far under the waves to experience the mysterious waters as no one ever had. After near calamities and false starts, Beebe and Barton saw, for the very first time, deep-sea creatures in their home environment, broke world records, and made history.
Who would’ve thought that learning history could be this much fun? As someone who always struggles with memorizing past events, this book sure did an amazing job of teaching me about the evolution of human diving. The plot says a lot about what this book is all about but when you actually read this story you get so many details and cool facts, rhymes and fun illustrations that learning about the characters lives and their explorations simply becomes a joyfull read. The book makes you feel like you’re part of the characters journey and that’s hard to do for most books, at least it is with me as a reader. So what I’m trying to say is, this book is awesome and should definitely be given a chance. Who knows, maybe you learn something new and have a great time reading about the adventures of the 19-th century explorers or as I’m sure Gloria Hollister would say “detectives’ seeking nature’s secrets”.