About the Book
peaceful primate encounters in Indonesia's forests
The Pacific, the largest ocean on Earth, was named by Magellan, the first man to be killed after crossing it. The name means peaceful.
Apart from typhoons, earthquakes, and tsunamis, the lands that rise above the Pacific are peaceful ... except when men create conflict.
Japan went from a regal empire with a long tradition to the first and only nation defeated by nuclear weapons.
Korea remains a peninsula split by an unresolved civil war.
The Philippines continues to struggle to manage its independence.
Indonesia has governing challenges also, with urban and environmental problems.
Yet some of these Pacific islands remain home to peaceful, unwarring primates — the orangutans. Though their tropical forests are under attack by human development, will these peaceful creatures survive?
Dr. Erıc Wegryn is a professional scientist, author and educator. After circumnavigating the planet —Round the World in 32 Days— he finished his graduate research and doctoral dissertation detailing findings from the Mars Pathfinder mission. He then relocated to the Bay Area, where he has worked with NASA and the SETI Institute on the Cassini Mission to Saturn, discovering polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on Iapetus. When not exploring or teaching, he is also a science author, covering space missions and solar eclipses. His travel adventures include a millennium celebration in Fiji, an Eclıpse Journey to Turkey, and a EuroSoviet incursion into Russia and Ukraine. His favorite book to write has been the amazing, true story of the Just Twelve Men who walked on the Moon.