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Mon., 23 Oct., 10 a.m.–noon
GSA Bookstore - Exhibit Hall

GSA Bookstore presents:
The Oracle, by William J. Broad

Co-sponsored by Archaeological Geology Division with support from Geology and Health Division

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author William J. Broad tells a modern-day detective story that blends history and science to describe how an enterprising team, working from clues scattered throughout the ancient literature, as well as the latest findings of geology, uncovered scientific evidence that at long last reveals the Oracle's secret. Into the dramatic account of that groundbreaking discovery Broad weaves the fascinating story of the ancient Oracle.


William J. Broad is a senior writer at The New York Times and with colleagues there has twice won the Pulitzer Prize as well as an Emmy. For decades, he has covered science topics ranging from biology and geology to astronomy and nuclear arms, writing hundreds of front-page articles. He is the author or coauthor of six books, most recently Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War, a number-one New York Times bestseller. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and his work is featured in The Best American Science Writing 2005. He holds a masters's degree in the history of science from the University of Wisconsin.

Geology Articles of Interest

Luigi Piccardi, 2000, Active faulting at Delphi, Greece: Seismotectonic remarks and a hypothesis for the geologic environment of a myth: Geology, vol. 28, no. 7, p. 651–654.

J.Z. de Boer, J.R. Hale and J. Chanton, 2001, New evidence for the geological origins of the ancient Delphic oracle (Greece): Geology, vol. 29, no. 8, p. 707–710.