Fellow’s groundbreaking book on the history of deep carbon science


Simon Mitton, who is in his forty-seventh year of continuous service as a statutory Fellow of St Edmund’s College, has published a major monograph in the history of science. Titled From Crust to Core, A Chronicle of Deep Carbon Science, this book narrates an accessible history of geology told through the unique lens of how the element carbon cycles between different parts of the Earth. Reviewers have been praising the history for its “lively sketches of scientists at work,” that “bring the human element into the quest to discover how the Earth works.” Dr Mitton’s research costs over a three year period were funded by a generous grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in New York for which St Edmund’s College was Grant Administrator. The publisher is Cambridge University Press.

Photo credit: Jacqueline Mitton