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“Institut de physique du globe de Paris : 100 Years of Science for the Planet” is now available in bookshops!

The book, published by La Martinière to commemorate the IPGP's centenary, was co-written by the institute's scientists. It retraces the rich history of the institute, which for 100 years has covered all the major disciplines in Earth, planetary and environmental sciences.

“Institut de physique du globe de Paris : 100 Years of Science for the Planet” is now available in bookshops!

Publication date: 13/09/2023

General public, Institute Life, Press, Research

It was under the impetus of passionate scientists that seismology and volcanology were developed in France, and that some of the great scientific revolutions that have transformed our vision of the Earth as a subject of study were initiated.

Under the aegis of the great scientists of the time, the IPGP’s mission was decreed on 28 July 1921; its history will be punctuated by major discoveries authorised by the installation of several observatories and stations across the globe. These major scientific advances are described in these richly documented pages, combining archives, diagrams and photographs to illustrate the expert comments of a group of specialists.

Through both historical and developing scientific themes, this book provides an understanding of our Earth and how it works, with the aim of gaining a better grasp of the issues facing humanity. Will we be able to anticipate earthquakes? Predict volcanic eruptions? Preserve natural resources?

The crucial issue of the societal impact inherent in understanding natural phenomena and preserving resources is presented here in all its topicality. This raises the question of the energy transition, which the IPGP’s scientists are trying to support with the fruit of their observations, shared here with readers who are, if not informed, at least concerned.

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