Jules Verne – A Journey to the Center of the Earth


I just completed reading, “A Journey to the Center of the Earth,” my second reading of Jules Verne. I had previously read, “Around the World in Eighty Days.” Although not factual, and sometime not very realistic, Verne’s journey into the inner parts of the Earth provides a lot of scientific and perhaps even engineering thought and reflection. In engineering we use ‘instruments,’ devices to give us data about objects and environments. In the story we learn about barometers and chronometers and other devices commonly known during his day. We also learn a lot about geology and theories of ancient life forms. We also learn about a passionate professor and studious follower.

Although not my most enjoyable novel reading, I do recommend it for it’s attention to physics and the reasons noted above.

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AncestorClips are very short stories about very real people. Each clip nurtures awareness of a time, a place, and the character of a man or woman who cultivated a path for our life. The reader feels the good, the obstacles, the happiness, the sadness, and the overcoming. They cheer us, make us resilient when challenged, give us purpose, and connect us to our multi-generational family. Each story is followed by reflections from the author and readers sharing how the story strengthened or inspired them. Ken Hardman is a son, a brother, a grandson, a great-grandson… He is also a husband, father and grand-father. Ken is a professional engineer, engineering mentor, technical writer, and associate technical fellow at a major aerospace company. He is a writer of engineering and family history stories. Please join Ken in reading, reflecting upon, or writing #AncestorClips
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