There are few subjects that base their methodology on philosophy as heavily as the sciences, and fewer still that are based in ethics as engineering. Though all fields have had incidents of science gone awry where personal gain was paramount over moral and ethical considerations (such as the Bone Wars), few can tout the bravery recounted in Holmes’ A Hero On Mount St. Helens. Relating the events of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in southwest Washington, this book uncovers how the actions and ambitions of the young volcanologist David A. Johnston through his ultimate sacrifice helped push...

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