The Blue Machine with Helen Czerski

Author and scientist Helen Czerski will share stories of history, culture and animals to illustrate the mechanisms behind the Earth’s ocean.


 Event Details:

Date: November 1, 2023
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Corless Auditorium,
URI Narragansett Bay Campus 

Copies of THE BLUE MACHINE will be available for purchase before and after the event. 

About the Book

In THE BLUE MACHINE: How the Ocean Works, oceanographer and physicist Helen Czerski offers a new perspective on the ocean, not as a distant and static splash of blue on the world map, but as a dynamic and living engine whose complex machinations set the tone for life on planet Earth.

From food production to trade to war, the ocean has always had immense influence on human affairs, even when that influence goes unnoticed. THE BLUE MACHINE transports readers from the tropical shores of Hawaii to the ice floes of the Earth’s polar extremes, follows the purposeful migrations of massive blue whales and the aimless drifts of single-celled plankton, and communicates the awe-inspiring beauty and seamless efficiency of the world’s largest and most sophisticated engine.

About the author:

Helen Czerski is a physicist and oceanographer at University College London’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. The author of The Blue Machine and Storm in a Teacup, she is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, writing regularly about the physics of everyday life. She lives in London. Author website: