"Crowd-sourced science has rarely been so thrilling. As Deborah R. Coen reveals, the rumbustious history of seismology began with roving scientists gathering locals' accounts of shocks, shudders and thumps. Luminaries from Charles Darwin to Alexander von Humboldt reported, too; Charles Dickens likened a quake to a great beast 'shaking itself and trying to rise.' Coen argues for a hybridized 'disaster science, ' factoring in such responses from 'human seismographs' with geology and instrumental data."– "Nature"