John Dvorak, PhD, has studied volcanoes and earthquakes around the world for the United States Geological Survey. He has written cover stories for Scientific American, Astronomy and Physics Today. Dvorak lives in Hawaii, where he operates the telescope at Mauna Kea.
"Dvorak has done earthquake science sterling service by writing what is unarguably the best, the most comprehensive and compellingly readable book about the great fault that will one day affect all our lives." -- Simon Winchester, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of KRAKTOA "Dvorak brings not just a sharp understanding of the scientific issues involved, but also a humanist's heart. He seeks to teach readers about volcanology-and does so in terms that laypeople can comprehend-and he makes us feel the excitement, the fear, and the intense heat of a lava flow. First-rate reporting and erudition underlie this successful effort to re-establish the reputation of an indispensable scientist." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "In this vividly written exploration of Jagger's life and work, Dvorak (Earthquake Storms, 2014) covers not only the early years of volcanology but also dives into what propelled Jagger to fight so hard to learn more about volcanoes and the price he paid-a failed marriage and distant children-to gain that knowledge. Dvorak brings him to life in a richly researched narrative as thrilling as his topic, creating the sort of popular science history that flies off the shelves." -- Booklist (starred review) "Reads like a good sci-fi, with colorful characters making startling discoveries." -- The Honolulu Star "A welcome addition. Its chief strength lies in combining the lives and personalities of key geologists and seismologists, such as Lawson, Charles Richter, John Tuzo Wilson and Kerry Sieh, with the theoretical essentials and practical details of their scientific work, so that the former really do illuminate the latter." -- Geoscientist Magazine "The real strength of Earthquake Storms is the clear and comprehensive treatment of geology as well as history, and offers a fascinating up-close look at the often overlooked people and stories behind science. Lastly, the book leaves readers in California with a bottom line as sobering as it is unassailable: We might not know exactly what storms lie ahead, but during all of our lifetimes, we have only ever known the lull." -- Susan Hough, former director of the Seismology Laboratory at CalTech - EARTH Magazine