Sunday, March 18, 2012

Book # 16 - The Human Experiment: Two Years and Twenty Minutes Inside Biosphere 2

Jane Poynter
Finished 3/17/2012

We were in Tucson last month, and toured the Biosphere 2. Being a scientist myself, I was intrigued with the science involved in this endeavor. Upon returning home, I borrowed this book from the library. I found the story fascinating, and it especially helped, having toured the grounds, to envision the life of eight Biospherians as they worked in the hermetically sealed environment for two years. Two years and twenty minutes, counting the closing ceremony speeches by Jane Goodall.

The book however, is intended to explore all the machinations that brought Biosphere 2 possible. It was indeed a feat of architecture and science, but it was also riddled with politics, intrigue, bad management, and poor support of the mental well-being of the people who sacrificed two years of their lives.

Jane Poynter wrote her story ten years after leaving Biosphere 2. The first part of the book was confusing because she did not let the story develop by itself, breaking every good writer's rule, "Show, don't tell." She mixed her experiences preparing for life inside with their later ramifications.

All in all, it was good to learn about the Biosphere 2, and to know that the love of science continues to abound.

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