DEFINING THE WIND THE BEAUFORT SCALE AND HOW A 19TH CENTURY ADMIRAL TURNED SCIENCE INTO POETRY

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Defining The Wind

Author : Scott Huler
ISBN : 9780307420558
Genre : Science
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“Nature, rightly questioned, never lies.” —A Manual of Scientific Enquiry, Third Edition, 1859 Scott Huler was working as a copy editor for a small publisher when he stumbled across the Beaufort Wind Scale in his Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary. It was one of those moments of discovery that writers live for. Written centuries ago, its 110 words launched Huler on a remarkable journey over land and sea into a fascinating world of explorers, mariners, scientists, and writers. After falling in love with what he decided was “the best, clearest, and most vigorous piece of descriptive writing I had ever seen,” Huler went in search of Admiral Francis Beaufort himself: hydrographer to the British Admiralty, man of science, and author—Huler assumed—of the Beaufort Wind Scale. But what Huler discovered is that the scale that carries Beaufort’s name has a long and complex evolution, and to properly understand it he had to keep reaching farther back in history, into the lives and works of figures from Daniel Defoe and Charles Darwin to Captains Bligh, of the Bounty, and Cook, of the Endeavor. As hydrographer to the British Admiralty it was Beaufort’s job to track the information that ships relied on: where to lay anchor, descriptions of ports, information about fortification, religion, and trade. But what came to fascinate Huler most about Beaufort was his obsession for observing things and communicating to others what the world looked like. Huler’s research landed him in one of the most fascinating and rich periods of history, because all around the world in the mid-eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, in a grand, expansive period, modern science was being invented every day. These scientific advancements encompassed not only vast leaps in understanding but also how scientific innovation was expressed and even organized, including such enduring developments as the scale Anders Celsius created to simplify how Gabriel Fahrenheit measured temperature; the French-designed metric system; and the Gregorian calendar adopted by France and Great Britain. To Huler, Beaufort came to embody that passion for scientific observation and categorization; indeed Beaufort became the great scientific networker of his time. It was he, for example, who was tapped to lead the search for a naturalist in the 1830s to accompany the crew of the Beagle; he recommended a young naturalist named Charles Darwin. Defining the Wind is a wonderfully readable, often humorous, and always rich story that is ultimately about how we observe the forces of nature and the world around us. From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Science

Defining The Wind

Author : Scott Huler
ISBN : 9781400048854
Genre : Science
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Describes how nineteenth-century British admiral Francis Beaufort, a hydrographer to the British Admiraltry, created the Beaufort Scale, a scientific classification that measures the strength of the wind, utilizing just 110 words to define thirteen gradations of wind. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
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No Man S Lands

Author : Scott Huler
ISBN : 9781400082834
Genre : History
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The author of Defining the Wind details his efforts to retrace the footsteps of Odysseus from Troy to Ithaca as recorded in Homer's great epic The Odyssey, following the Greek hero on his journey around the Mediterranean to discover why this ancient tale has continued to resonate with Western readers for millennia. Reprint.
Category: History

Clash

Author : Sandra Vavra
ISBN : 9781617355196
Genre : Education
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This book offers ideas that secondary teachers, university content faculty, and teacher educators can use to challenge traditional literacy practices and demonstrate creative, innovative ways of incorporating new literacies into the classroom, all within a strong theoretical framework. Teachers are trying to catch up to the new challenges of the twentyfirst century. It is a superheroic feat that must be achieved if education is to stay relevant and viable. There is a lot of zip, bam, whap, and wow in the fastpaced, social networking, technological world, but not so much in the often laboriously slowpaced educational world. Where is the balance? How do teachers and students learn together, since one group has seasoned wisdom with limited technological knowhow and the other uses all the cool new tools, but not in the service of learning? These are some important issues to consider in finding the balance in an unstable, fastmoving, everchanging world. This book is practical and useful to literacy teachers, teacher educators, and university faculty by bringing together the expertise of composition/rhetoric researchers and writers, literacy specialists, technology specialists, and teachers who are on the cutting edge of new literacies.
Category: Education

Time Space And Gender In The Nineteenth Century British Diary

Author : R. Steinitz
ISBN : 9780230339606
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Through close examinations of diaries, diary publication, and diaries in fiction, this book explores how the diary's construction of time and space made it an invaluable and effective vehicle for the dominant discourses of the period; it also explains how the genre evolved into the feminine, emotive, private form we continue to privilege today.
Category: Literary Criticism

On The Grid

Author : Scott Huler
ISBN : 9781605296470
Genre : Social Science
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Investigates the systems of infrastructure that sustain the world and the cultures of historical periods, following various elements, from electricity and pavement to water and waste disposal, back to their origins and people who operate them.
Category: Social Science

The Genie In The Bottle

Author : Joe Schwarcz
ISBN : 0805071385
Genre : Science
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On Being Brown

Author : Scott Huler
ISBN : 9781886228313
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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What is this madness all about? Being a Browns fan is just different. Why are we the only fans in the nation who ever demanded their team back -- and got it? Why have we endured years of heartache (The Fumble, The Drive, "Red Right 88"...) yet grown ever more attached to the experience? To answer that question, these 33 essays seek out the essential elements of being a Browns fan. It's about pride. It's about desire, tempered by crushing disappointment. It's about tradition, rivalry, and electrifying victory. It's about longing -- for a return to past championships, for future glory. It's about heart. If you're Brown, you'll enjoy the ride.
Category: Sports & Recreation

The Lobster Coast

Author : Colin Woodard
ISBN : 0143035347
Genre : History
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A history of coastal Maine's lobster communities describes their ongoing defense of local traditions against forces that would exploit their resources, their communal values, and the wisdom they have gleaned from lifetimes spent in collaboration with one another. Reprint.
Category: History

The Canon

Author : Natalie Angier
ISBN : 0547348568
Genre : Science
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The New York Times bestseller that makes scientific subjects both understandable and fun: “Every sentence sparkles with wit and charm.” —Richard Dawkins From the Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times science journalist and bestselling author of Woman, this is a playful, passionate guide to the science all around us (and inside us)—from physics to chemistry, biology, geology, astronomy, and more. Drawing on conversations with hundreds of the world’s top scientists, Natalie Angier creates a thoroughly entertaining guide to scientific literacy. For those who want a fuller understanding of some of the great issues of our time, The Canon offers insights on stem cells, bird flu, evolution, and global warming. For students—or parents whose kids ask a lot of questions about how the world works—it brings to life such topics as how the earth was formed, or what electricity is. Also included are clear, fascinating explanations of how to think scientifically and grasp the tricky subject of probability. The Canon is a joyride through the major scientific disciplines that reignites our childhood delight and sense of wonder—and along the way, tells us what is actually happening when our ice cream melts or our coffee gets cold, what our liver cells do when we eat a caramel, why the horse is an example of evolution at work, and how we’re all really made of stardust.
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