Countless secrets of the sea are revealed in ["The Ocean World of Jacques Cousteau," a] thrilling multidimensional study of the ocean's wonders, dangers, demands, riches, challenges, beauty, problems, creatures and visitors.
Although a reference work, comprehensively indexed in volume 20, each book reads like a suspenseful adventure story with thousands of characters relating to each other in a single setting. All the major branches of oceanography are included—marine physics, chemistry, biology, geology and engineering—but unfamiliar scientific terms are scrupulously avoided. Breathtaking color photographs used lavishly throughout the set tell marvelous tales of their own to nonreaders and casual browsers.
Dorothy Needham, "Science Reviews: Eureka!" in Teacher, Vol. 94, No. 3, November, 1976, pp. 130-33.∗