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A Polar Affair

Author : Lloyd Spencer Davis
ISBN : 9781643131719
Genre : Nature
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George Murray Levick was the physician on Robert Falcon Scott’s tragic Antarctic expedition of 1910. Marooned for an Antarctic winter, Levick passed the time by becoming the first man to study penguins up close. His findings were so shocking to Victorian morals that they were quickly suppressed and seemingly lost to history. A century later, Lloyd Spencer Davis rediscovers Levick and his findings during the course of his own scientific adventures in Antarctica. Levick’s long-suppressed manuscript reveals not only an incredible survival story, but one that will change our understanding of an entire species. A Polar Affair reveals the last untold tale from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. It is perhaps the greatest of all of those stories—but why was it hidden to begin with? The ever-fascinating and charming penguin holds the key. Moving deftly between both Levick’s and Davis’s explorations, observations, and comparisons in biology over the course of a century, A Polar Affair reveals cutting-edge findings about ornithology, in which the sex lives of penguins are the jumping-off point for major new insights into the underpinnings of evolutionary biology itself.
Category: Nature

An Antarctic Affair

Author : Emma McEwin
ISBN : 192103730X
Genre : Antarctica
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AN ANTARCTIC AFFAIR, a story of love and survival, is written by Emma McEwin, the greatgranddaughter of Sir Douglas and Lady (Paquita) Mawson. When scientist and explorer, Douglas Mawson leaves for the Antarctic in December 1911, as leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, he expects to return and marry his fiancee, Paquita Delprat fifteen months later. However, in the southern summer of 1912, while on a three-man sledging journey, his two travelling companions both die in horrific circumstances, leaving Douglas to travel the last one hundred miles to safety alone, on the brink of starvation. He survives but his late return to base in February 1913 leads to him missing the ship back to Australia and he is forced to endure a second winter in the Antarctic, in the windiest region on earth, with six other men, one of whom loses his mind. By the time he returns to Australia in February 1914, he has not seen Paquita for more than two years and barely communicated with her, the minimal contact and the long separation having pushed her love and patience almost to the limit. Inspired by their story and their characters since childhood, Emma explores the reasons why her great-grandfather survived and the very important role Paquita, who became his wife and biographer, played in his survival and success. Drawing on the love letters that Paquita and Douglas wrote to each other during their engagement, 1910-14, which were discovered by chance in the 1990s and published in 2000, stories and anecdotes passed on to her from her grandmother, as well as the huge body material held publicly and privately by the Mawson family, Emma presents the practical-minded scientist and academic, Douglas Mawson, in a warmer light, as a man who was in his own way, a romantic and capable of deep love. Her book is unique in that she weaves in stories of other explorers and expeditions and, by putting Douglas Mawson in polar and historical context, and by according Paquita the recognition she deserves as his greatest supporter, we gain a new appreciation of his extraordinary achievements.
Category: Antarctica

A Mistletoe Affair

Author : Farrah Rochon
ISBN : 9781460343814
Genre : Fiction
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The Silk Sisters—longtime friends Janelle, Sandra and Vicki—have turned their business savvy into a top-tier event agency. In the wealthy enclave of Wintersage, Massachusetts, there's an abundance of lavish parties, society drama and longing hearts to keep them busy. Floral designer Vicki Ahlfors is a shy, hopeless romantic. The dutiful daughter of a banking dynasty, she has always done what was expected of her—until she falls for her best friend's divorced brother. Attorney turned political strategist Jordan Woolcott has always defined himself by his work. Now at a crossroads, Jordan's not sure who he is, other than a dad to his young son, Mason. It's a rewarding job, but being a single father is so much harder than he'd ever imagined. Vicki has a magical touch when it comes to Mason, and her heart goes out to the overwhelmed Jordan. As feelings grow tender, will an explosive political scandal end their dream of forever before it even begins?
Category: Fiction

The Kolumbas Affair

Author : Samuel Blankson
ISBN : 9781905789917
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On the night of his twenty-first birthday, Alfias is contacted by a mysterious voice. The voice sets him on the path to release the secret locked up in the Abyss - on the mysterious purple planet, Kolumbas Major. He unknowingly sets in motion a chain reaction of events that will threaten the existence of life in the Universe. After escaping capture, Alfias teams up with another fugitive; Jonathon, the captain of the Triton - an alien ship. Soon Alfias is entangled in a conspiracy to overthrow the ETCA; the merciless government of the earth colonies. Will he be stopped by the ETCA's killer telepaths and mercenary black ops teams, or will the ancient Elders get to him first? Both will stop at nothing to prevent him from opening the Abyss on Kolumbas Major.
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A Life Of Extremes

Author : Max Quinn
ISBN : 1775594327
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Max Quinn's filmmaking career has taken him to the ends of the earth; from his native New Zealand to Alaska; Antarctica to the Arctic. A Life of Extremes is a personal account of his travel and work in these remote locations. It focuses on Max's polar filmmaking experiences, which started in 1991 when he spent 11 months filming the wildlife of Antarctica. The illuminating text and stunning images illustrate 20 years of subsequent adventures in polar climates. The stories in this book capture experiences that can only be had in the most extreme places on earth. Whether it be travelling 80 kilometres over crevassed ice to a lonely colony of Emperor penguins who have evolved to live and breed in temperatures as low as -50 degrees, or figuring out how to keep bodies and cameras warm in the coldest places on earth, Max Quinn has a story to tell about it. The historical background given to the tales will enthral any natural history buff, while filmmaking enthusiasts will wonder at the methods behind capturing life on the edge. Become inspired to leave the tourist trail behind with this unique book about what life is like behind the camera, beyond public transport and even human inhabitation. Learn about dog sled racing, the last great ice age, penguin colonies, and everything else that happens in the immensely beautiful landscapes where the temperature is permanently below freezing.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Shores Of The Polar Sea

Author : Edward Lawton Moss
ISBN : 9785882043673
Genre : History
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Category: History

German Exploration Of The Polar World

Author : David Thomas Murphy
ISBN : 0803232055
Genre : History
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German Exploration of the Polar World is the exciting story of the generations of German polar explorers who braved the perils of the Arctic and Antarctic for themselves and their country. Such intrepid adventurers as Wilhelm Filchner, Erich von Drygalski, and Alfred Wegener are not as well known today as Robert Falcon Scott, Roald Amundsen, Ernest Shackleton, Robert E. Peary, or Richard E. Byrd, but their bravery and the hardships they faced were equal to those of the more famous polar explorers. In the half-century prior to World War II, the poles were the last blank spaces on the global map, and they exerted a tremendous pull on national imaginations. Under successive political regimes, the Germans threw themselves into the race for polar glory with an ardor that matched their better-known counterparts bearing English, American, and Norwegian flags. German polar explorers were driven, like their rivals, by a complex web of interlocking motivations. Personal fame, the romance of the unknown, and the advancement of science were important considerations, but public pressure, political and military concerns, and visions of immense, untapped wealth at the poles also spurred the explorers. As historian David Thomas Murphy shows, Germany's repeated encounters with the polar world left an indelible impression upon the German public, government, and scientific community. Reports on the polar landscape, flora, and fauna enhanced Germany's appreciation of the global environment. Accounts of the indigenous peoples of the Arctic, accurate or fantastic, permanently shaped German notions of culture and civilization. The final, failed attempt by the Nazis to extend German political power to the earth's ends revealed the limits of any country's ability to reshape the globe politically or militarily.
Category: History

Explorer

Author : Lisle A. Rose
ISBN : 9780826217820
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A compelling biographical narrative covers the breadth of Richard E. Byrd's astonishing life, from the early days of naval aviation, through his years of political activism, to his final efforts to dominate Washington's growing interest in Antarctica.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Philosophy Of Social Science

Author : Garry Potter
ISBN : 9781317878353
Genre : Social Science
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New Perspectives of the Philosophy of Social Science provides a comprehensive history, explanation and critique of empiricism and positivism within the natural and social sciences, as well as an overview of the interpretivist/hermeneutic tradition in social science. Questions concerning the criteria for judging truth and validity, the nature of rationality, social reality and scientificity, unfold in a uniquely accessible dialogue format. Students with no previous knowledge of this highly contested field will find themsleves taken on an entertaining and challenging philosophical journey. The dialogue anticipates the most frequently asked questions of such readers, provides clear explanations of all specialised terminology and contextualises contemporary debates. It thus transforms potential confusion into a clear understanding of complex issues. The text shows how the perspectives of earlier traditions persist in modified form, covering poststructuralism, postmodernism, critical theory, feminist epistemology and concludes with a critical realist account of both natural and social science. New Perspectives of the Philosophy of Social Science is essential reading for students of social theory and the philosophy of social science. Students across the full range of social science disciplines will find the book of interest. Sociology students will find it a particularly valuable resource.
Category: Social Science

Environmental Ethics

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ISBN : MINN:31951P00516052P
Genre : Bioethics
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Category: Bioethics

U S News And World Report

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105123005923
Genre : United States
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Category: United States

U S News World Report

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ISBN : UVA:X030046722
Genre : United States
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Category: United States

The Clerkenwell Affair

Author : Susanna Gregory
ISBN : 9780751562729
Genre : Fiction
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In the spring of 1666 everyone's first reaction to a sudden death at the palace of White Hall is that the plague has struck, but the killing of Thomas Chiffinch was by design, not disease. Chiffinch was holder of two influential posts - Keeper of the Closet and Keeper of the Jewels - and rival courtiers have made no secret of their wish to succeed to those offices. To Thomas Chaloner, ordered to undertake the investigation, such avarice gives a whole host of suspects an ample motive for murder. The same courtiers are at the heart of the royal entourage endorsing the King's licentious and ribald way of life, and Chaloner has some sympathy with the atmosphere of outrage and disgust at such behaviour. London's citizens, already irked by the wealthy fleeing to the country at the outbreak of the plague, have scant patience with the Court on its return. The city is abuzz with rumours of dissent and rebellion, fuelled by predictions from a soothsayer in Clerkenwell of a rain of fire destroying the capital on Good Friday. Chaloner initially dismisses such talk as nonsense, but as he uncovers ever more connections to Clerkenwell among his suspects, he begins to fear that there is also design behind the rumours - and that, come Easter Day, the King and his Court might find themselves the focus of yet another rebellion.
Category: Fiction

The Round Table

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ISBN : WISC:89067445262
Genre : Universities and colleges
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Category: Universities and colleges

Travel Holiday

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105008449147
Genre : Travel
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Category: Travel

To Stand At The Pole

Author : William R. Hunt
ISBN : UOM:39015005011294
Genre : Explorers
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Details the controversy which arose over Cook's claim that he reached the North Pole prior to Peary.
Category: Explorers

Our Affair With El Nino

Author : S. George Philander
ISBN : 0691126224
Genre : Science
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Until 1997, few people had heard of the seasonal current that Peruvians nicknamed El Niño. But when meteorologists linked it to devastating floods in California, severe droughts in Indonesia, and strange weather everywhere, its name became entrenched in the common parlance faster than a typhoon making landfall. Bumper stickers appeared bearing the phrase "Don't blame me; blame El Niño." Stockbrokers muttered "El Niño" when the market became erratic. What's behind this fascinating natural phenomenon, and how did our perceptions of it change? In this captivating book, renowned oceanographer George Philander engages readers in lucid and stimulating discussions of the scientific, political, economic and cultural developments that shaped our perceptions of this force of nature. The book begins by outlining the history of El Niño, an innocuous current that appears off the coast of Peru around Christmastime--its name refers to the Child Jesus--and originally was welcomed as a blessing. It goes on to explore how our perceptions of El Niño were transformed, not because the phenomenon changed, but because we did. Philander argues persuasively that familiarity with the different facets of our affair with El Niño--our wealth of experience in dealing with natural hazards such as severe storms and prolonged droughts--can help us cope with an urgent and controversial environmental problem of our own making--global warming. Intellectually invigorating and a joy to read, Our Affair with El Niño is an important contribution to the debate about the relationship between scientific knowledge and public affairs.
Category: Science