Friday, February 1, 2019

A Review of The Design And Construction of the Nautilus: The Submarine Technology of Jules Verne Revealed




I was never aware that Captain Nemo's library aboard the Nautilus was downright awe-inspiring, even if it hadn't been on a submarine. I also never knew how close to (then future) reality the electric-powered (and MAYBE nuclear powered!) fictional submarine was, or how much it was worth. 

Demetri Capetanopoulos has created the greatest guide book for fans of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea that has ever existed and his expertise as a nuclear submarine engineer absolutely shines here. It was easy for me to get lost in the pages. Even not knowing diddly about concave lenses or water pressure, comparing the known facts of the time and the current research to the behemoth we remember on the pages of 20,000 Leagues is wonderful. 




The diagrams are intricate and lovely, and some of the original illustrations are depicted here, too. Everything works together so well and I can't recommend it enough to anyone engineer-minded. Even people like me, who wouldn't survive Engineering for Dummies 101, but who were mesmerized by the story of the mysterious prince who fights Imperialism will still find a home in this work. My favorite chapters were on the interior of the sub and those on the history of Captain Nemo and who he might have been based on. 


Fans of Jules Verne will love this, but anyone who has ever wanted comprehensive guides to the best parts of fiction needs to own a copy. And maybe in the future books like this will be more common, which I would love to see. 

You can find it here

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this review*


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