Measure of a Mountain

Beauty and Terror on Mount Rainier
Author: Bruce Barcott
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
ISBN: 1570618003
Category: Nature
Page: 288
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In The Measure of a Mountain, Seattle writer Bruce Barcott sets out to know Rainier. His method is exploratory, meandering, personal. He begins by encircling it, first by car then on foot. He finds that the mountain is a complex of moss-bearded hemlocks and old-growth firs, high meadows that blossom according to a precise natural timeclock, sheets of crumbling pumice, fractured glaciers, and unsteady magma. Its snow fields bristle with bug life, and its marmots chew rocks to keep their teeth from overgrowing. Rainier rumbles with seismic twitches and jerks—some one-hundred-thirty earthquakes annually. The nightmare among geologists is the unstoppable wall of mud that will come rolling down its slopes when a hunk of mountain falls off, as it does every half century (and we’re fifty years overdue). Rainier is both an obsession and a temple that attracts its own passionate acolytes: scientists, priests, rangers, and mountain guides. Rainier is also a monument to death: every year someone manages just to disappear on its flanks; imperiled climbers and their rescuers perish on glaciers; a planeload of Marines remains lodged in ice since they crashed into the mountain in 1946. Referred to by locals as simply "the mountain," it is the single largest feature of the Pacific Northwest landscape—provided it isn’t hidden in clouds. Visible or not, though, it’s presence is undeniable.

Erzähl mir dein Herz

Roman
Author: Charles Martin,Ulrike Bischoff
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783548280196
Category:
Page: 397
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Salt Lake City, Flughafen. Es schneit und die Flüge werden gestrichen. Dr. Ben Payne möchte dringend nach Hause. Er chartert ein kleines Flugzeug und lädt die Journalistin Ashley Knox ein mitzufliegen, damit sie rechtzeitig zu ihrer Hochzeit kommt. Doch das Flugzeug stürzt mitten in der Wildnis ab.

The Finest Peaks - Prominence and Other Mountain Measures


Author: Adam Helman
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 141205995X
Category:
Page: 241
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This book challenges the precedent that a mountain's worth scales with height. It is a rational synthesis of new concepts that compel one to reassess the popular "heightist mindset". The concept of prominence, loosely defined as a mountain's vertical relief, is a stiff competitor to summit height for assessing a mountain's stature and relative worth for innumerable purposes. The community of prominence theoreticians, list builders, and climbers has reached critical mass - suggesting publication of a book dedicated exclusively to prominence. Revolutions are not overnight. The heightist mindset has minimally a 100 year head start. Eventually the climbing community will embrace prominence. For the mountaineer a prominence-based peak list provides fresh goals guaranteed to satisfy. A prominence-based peak list, regardless of geographic region, incorporates the most awe inspiring and diverse mountains. Chapter I introduces prominence, being defined and contrasted with altitude as peak list generator. Chapters II and III concern peak list production. Chapter IV reviews the history of prominence, including a compendium of prominence list builders and their lists. Chapter V is about prominence oriented peakbaggers and their accomplishments. Chapter VI entails prominence-derived mountain measures - submarine prominence, inverse prominence, proportional prominence, and dominance. Chapter VII concerns the advanced, prominence-derived concepts of parentage, divide trees, lineage cells, and more. Chapter VIII concerns alternative, objective mountain measures: isolation measure; peakedness and prominence density; and height / steepness combination measures - drop measure, cliff measure, spire measure, and ruggedness measure. Spire measure quantifies a mountain's subjective impressiveness due to great angularity. Chapter IX is a search for the largest prominence unclimbed mountain - grand goal of a future, summit-discovering expedition. Appendices A to G cover various subtopics, the glossary defines over 300 terms. 48 pages of illustrations are included, with full-color versions on-line at http://www.cohp.org/prominence/publication_2005_illustrations/main.html A beautiful, hardcover edition with color illustrations is available, and is highly recommended by book reviewers. ? E-mail the author for pricing and purchase information.

Pragmatic Logic


Author: K. Ajdukiewicz
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401021090
Category: Philosophy
Page: 460
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When asked in 1962 on what he was working Kazimierz Ajdukiewicz replied: Several years ago Polish Scientific Publishers suggested that I pre pare a new edition of The Logical Foundations of Teaching, which I wrote 1 before 1939 as a contribution to The Encyclopaedia of Education. It was a small booklet covering elementary information about logical semantics and scientific methodology, information which in my opinion was necessary as a foundation of teaching and as an element of the education of any teacher. When I recently set to preparing the new edition, I rewrote practically everything, and a booklet of some 100 pages swelled into a bulky volume almost five times bigger. The issues have remained practically the same, but they are now analysed much more thoroughly and the threshold of difficulty is much higher now. The main stress has been laid on the methods used in the empirical sciences, and within that field, on the theory of measurement and the methods of statistical inference. I am now working on the last chapter of the book, concerned with explanation procedures and theory construction in the empirical sciences. When that book, which I intend to entitle Pragmatic Logic, is com pleted I intend to prepare for the press Vol. 2 of my minor writings, 2 Language and Cognition, which will cover some of my post-war pa pers.

Der Junge auf dem Berg


Author: John Boyne
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3733601505
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
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Seit über 10 Jahren ein Welterfolg: ›Der Junge im gestreiften Pyjama‹ Mit seinem neuen Roman kehrt John Boyne in das dunkelste Kapitel unserer Geschichte zurück. Als Pierrot seine Eltern verliert, nimmt ihn seine Tante zu sich in den deutschen Haushalt, in dem sie Dienst tut. Aber dies ist keine gewöhnliche Zeit: Der zweite Weltkrieg steht unmittelbar bevor. Und es ist kein gewöhnliches Haus: Es ist der Berghof – Adolf Hitlers Sommerresidenz. Schnell gerät der Junge unter den direkten Einfluss des charismatischen Führers. Um ihm seine Treue zu beweisen, ist er zu allem bereit – auch zum Verrat. Ein brandaktuelles Buch in Zeiten des weltweiten Rechtsrucks. »Unfassbar und unfassbar gut. « The Times »Ein Bravourstück ... Überwältigend. « The Guardian »Die Leser werden John Boynes Botschaft begreifen: Wenn das Pierrot passieren kann, dann kann es auch uns passieren.« Irish Indipendent »Erneut zwingt uns diese Parabel über einen Jungen in Kriegszeiten dazu, über das Beste und das Schlechteste im Menschen nachzudenken. « The Irish Times »Eine tief bewegende Parabel ... Diese erschreckende Darstellung jugendlicher Verführbarkeit und Sühne klingt noch lange nach. « Daily Mail

Mount Rainier

A Climbing Guide
Author: Mike Gauthier
Publisher: The Mountaineers Books
ISBN: 0898869560
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 245
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The lead climbing ranger for Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state offers information on 41 principal routes and their variations, with aerial photos and route overlays, and includes training opportunities, mountain history, and dramatic rescue stories. Original.

A Single Sky

How an International Community Forged the Science of Radio Astronomy
Author: David P. D. Munns
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262304279
Category: Science
Page: 264
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For more than three thousand years, the science of astronomy depended on visible light. In just the last sixty years, radio technology has fundamentally altered how astronomers see the universe. Combining the wartime innovation of radar and the established standards of traditional optical telescopes, the "radio telescope" offered humanity a new vision of the universe. In A Single Sky, the historian David Munns explains how the idea of the radio telescope emerged from a new scientific community uniting the power of radio with the international aspirations of the discipline of astronomy. The radio astronomers challenged Cold War era rivalries by forging a united scientific community looking at a single sky.Munns tells the interconnecting stories of Australian, British, Dutch, and American radio astronomers, all seeking to learn how to see the universe by means of radio. Jointly, this international array of radio astronomers built a new "community" style of science opposing the "glamour" of nuclear physics. A Single Sky describes a communitarian style of science, a culture of interdisciplinary and international integration and cooperation, and counters the notion that recent science has been driven by competition. Collaboration, or what a prominent radio astronomer called "a blending of radio invention and astronomical insight," produced a science as revolutionary as Galileo's first observations with a telescope. Working together, the community of radio astronomers revealed the structure of the galaxy.

The Measure of All Things

The Seven-Year Odyssey and Hidden Error That Transformed the World
Author: Ken Alder
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 074324902X
Category: History
Page: 432
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In June 1792, amidst the chaos of the French Revolution, two intrepid astronomers set out in opposite directions on an extraordinary journey. Starting in Paris, Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Delambre would make his way north to Dunkirk, while Pierre-François-André Méchain voyaged south to Barcelona. Their mission was to measure the world, and their findings would help define the meter as one ten-millionth of the distance between the pole and the equator—a standard that would be used “for all people, for all time.” The Measure of All Things is the astonishing tale of one of history’s greatest scientific adventures. Yet behind the public triumph of the metric system lies a secret error, one that is perpetuated in every subsequent definition of the meter. As acclaimed historian and novelist Ken Alder discovered through his research, there were only two people on the planet who knew the full extent of this error: Delambre and Méchain themselves. By turns a science history, detective tale, and human drama, The Measure of All Things describes a quest that succeeded as it failed—and continues to enlighten and inspire to this day.

100 Days On The High Mountains Of Character


Author: Beryl Nyamwange
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1493142690
Category: Poetry
Page: 238
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Character is often defined as an evaluation of a person's moral and mental qualities. It is the moral tone of one’s life. In these pages, you will discover my attempt to explore character based on my personal experiences in moments of reflection. It brings out the reality that my role model is Jesus Christ whose character is pure, and that as we behold Him, He transforms us into His likeness. Through poetry and a corner for reflection, you will discover gems of character that will help your own to grow in strength as you behold the Source of all virtues.

The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw

One Woman's Fight to Save the World's Most Beautiful Bird
Author: Bruce Barcott
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1588368009
Category: Nature
Page: 336
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“The first time we came here I didn’t know what to expect,” she told me as we paddled upstream. “What we found just blew me away. Jaguars, pumas, river otters, howler monkeys. The place was like a Noah’s Ark for all the endangered species driven out of the rest of Central America. There was so much life! That expedition was when I first saw the macaws.” As a young woman, Sharon Matola lived many lives. She was a mushroom expert, an Air Force survival specialist, and an Iowa housewife. She hopped freight trains for fun and starred as a tiger tamer in a traveling Mexican circus. Finally she found her one true calling: caring for orphaned animals at her own zoo in the Central American country of Belize. Beloved as “the Zoo Lady” in her adopted land, Matola became one of Central America’s greatest wildlife defenders. And when powerful outside forces conspired with the local government to build a dam that would flood the nesting ground of the last scarlet macaws in Belize, Sharon Matola was drawn into the fight of her life. In The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw, award-winning author Bruce Barcott chronicles Sharon Matola’s inspiring crusade to stop a multinational corporation in its tracks. Ferocious in her passion, she and her confederates–a ragtag army of courageous locals and eccentric expatriates–endure slander and reprisals and take the fight to the courtroom and the boardroom, from local village streets to protests around the world. As the dramatic story unfolds, Barcott addresses the realities of economic survival in Third World countries, explores the tension between environmental conservation and human development, and puts a human face on the battle over globalization. In this marvelous and spirited book, Barcott shows us how one unwavering woman risked her life to save the most beautiful bird in the world. "Barcott’s compelling narrative is suspenseful right up to the last moment." –Publisher's Weekly "An engrossing but sad account of a brave and quirky champion of nature."–Kirkus “…A riveting account of one woman’s fight to save one of the last bastions of an endangered Species. . . Barcott writes of international politics, ecology and endangered species, and human relations with equal facility. This real page-turner of narrative nonfiction is hard to put down.” –Booklist From the Hardcover edition.

Measure of the Earth

The Enlightenment Expedition That Reshaped Our World
Author: Larrie D. Ferreiro
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0465023452
Category: History
Page: 376
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In the early eighteenth century, at the peak of the Enlightenment, an unlikely team of European scientists and naval officers set out on the world’s first international, cooperative scientific expedition. Intent on making precise astronomical measurements at the Equator, they were poised to resolve one of mankind’s oldest mysteries: the true shape of the Earth. In Measure of the Earth, award-winning science writer Larrie D. Ferreiro tells the full story of the Geodesic Mission to the Equator for the very first time. It was an age when Europe was torn between two competing conceptions of the world: the followers of René Descartes argued that the Earth was elongated at the poles, even as Isaac Newton contended that it was flattened. A nation that could accurately determine the planet’s shape could securely navigate its oceans, giving it great military and imperial advantages. Recognizing this, France and Spain organized a joint expedition to colonial Peru, Spain’s wealthiest kingdom. Armed with the most advanced surveying and astronomical equipment, they would measure a degree of latitude at the Equator, which when compared with other measurements would reveal the shape of the world. But what seemed to be a straightforward scientific exercise was almost immediately marred by a series of unforeseen catastrophes, as the voyagers found their mission threatened by treacherous terrain, a deeply suspicious populace, and their own hubris. A thrilling tale of adventure, political history, and scientific discovery, Measure of the Earth recounts the greatest scientific expedition of the Enlightenment through the eyes of the men who completed it—pioneers who overcame tremendous adversity to traverse the towering Andes Mountains in order to discern the Earth’s shape. In the process they also opened the eyes of Europe to the richness of South America and paved the way for scientific cooperation on a global scale.

Die wirkliche Wahrheit


Author: Dan Gemeinhart
Publisher: Königskinder
ISBN: 3646927992
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 224
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Mark ist ein ganz normaler Junge. Eigentlich. Er hat einen Hund namens Beau und eine beste Freundin namens Jessie. Er fotografiert gerne und träumt davon, eines Tages einen Berg zu besteigen. Aber in einer Hinsicht ist er anders. Mark ist krank. Krankenhaus krank. So krank, dass er vielleicht nicht wieder gesund wird. Mark haut ab – Beau immer an seiner Seite. Im Gepäck seine Kamera, sein Notizbuch und einen Plan, wie der den Gipfel von Mount Rainier erreichen kann. Und wenn es das Letzte ist, was er tut. Eine Geschichte über einen Jungen, der einen Berg besteigt, über ein Mädchen, das zurückbleibt und über stillen Mut, Entschlossenheit und den treusten Hund der Welt.

How Do You Know?

The Economics of Ordinary Knowledge
Author: Russell Hardin
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400830664
Category: Philosophy
Page: 240
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How do ordinary people come to know or believe what they do? We need an account of this process to help explain why people act as they do. You might think I am acting irrationally--against my interest or my purpose--until you realize that what you know and what I know differ significantly. My actions, given my knowledge, might make eminently good sense. Of course, this pushes our problem back one stage to assess why someone knows or believes what they do. That is the focus of this book. Russell Hardin supposes that people are not usually going to act knowingly against their interests or other purposes. To try to understand how they have come to their knowledge or beliefs is therefore to be charitable in assessing their rationality. Hardin insists on such a charitable stance in the effort to understand others and their sometimes objectively perverse actions. Hardin presents an essentially economic account of what an individual can come to know and then applies this account to many areas of ordinary life: political participation, religious beliefs, popular knowledge of science, liberalism, culture, extremism, moral beliefs, and institutional knowledge. All of these can be enlightened by the supposition that people are attempting reasonable actions under the severe constraints of acquiring better knowledge when they face demands that far outstretch their possibilities.

Die Hohen Berge Portugals

Roman
Author: Yann Martel
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104033323
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
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Nach dem Bestseller ›Schiffbruch mit Tiger‹ jetzt der neue große Roman von Yann Martel: ›Die Hohen Berge Portugals‹ ist ein Meisterwerk voller Weisheit und Witz. Lissabon, Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts: In einem sogenannten Automobil begibt sich der junge Tomás auf eine abenteuerliche Expedition in die Hohen Berge Portugals. Ein tragikomischer Roadtrip beginnt - der ein unvorhergesehenes Ende nehmen soll. Doch das ist erst der Anfang einer phantastischen Geschichte, die die einsame Gegend noch Jahrzehnte später umweht wie ein tragischer Zauber. In seinem neuen großen Roman verknüpft Yann Martel verschiedene Fäden eindrucksvoll zu einem literarischen Wunder: ein unglaubliches und doch absolut glaubhaftes Meisterwerk über das Leben, den Tod und die Liebe – voller Weisheit und Witz.

Everest Solo

»Der gläserne Horizont«
Author: Reinhold Messner
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104908311
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 256
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Als Reinhold Messner 1979 in Kathmandu erfährt, dass der japanische Bergsteiger Naomi Uemura die Erlaubnis erhalten hat, den Mount Everest im Winter 1980/81 im Alleingang zu besteigen, kennt er nur ein Ziel: Er muss ihm zuvorkommen. Seit seinem Alleingang zum 8125 Meter hohen Nanga Parbat weiß Messner, dass auch die Besteigung des Everest, des mit 8848 Metern höchsten Gipfels der Erde, allein möglich ist. Messner handelt sofort, und es gelingt ihm, eine Expeditionsgenehmigung für die Zeit von Juni bis Ende August 1980 zu bekommen. Schon einmal stand Reinhold Messner auf dem Everest. Das war 1978. Nun wird er ein zweites Mal gehen, wieder ohne künstlichen Sauerstoff, aber diesmal auch ohne Kletterpartner, ohne feste Lagerkette, ohne Träger und über eine neue Route auf der tibetischen Seite. Messners Bericht über die alpinistische Sensation seiner Solobesteigung schildert nicht nur den Kampf ums Überleben angesichts der gewaltigen Herausforderungen der Natur, wie Monsunstürme, Gletscherspalten und die sauerstoffarme Luft in achttausend Meter Höhe, sondern vor allem auch die Abenteuer der Psyche an den Grenzen menschlicher Belastbarkeit und das mystische Erleben der Einsamkeit in eisiger Natur.

Die Luft, die du atmest


Author: Carla Buckley
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644205612
Category: Fiction
Page: 496
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Vor einem Jahr waren Ann und Peter Brooks eines von vielen unglücklichen Ehepaaren, das sich trennte, weil es so nicht mehr weiterging. Nun ist die Welt um sie herum dabei, sich unwiderruflich zu verändern. Peter, ein Wissenschaftler, realisiert als Erster, dass sich das Vogelgrippevirus verändert hat: Es überträgt sich von Mensch zu Mensch. Und es tötet jeden Zweiten. Eine Pandemie ungeahnten Ausmaßes bricht aus. Als die Quarantäne über ihre Stadt verhängt wird, ist Peter gezwungen, nach Hause zu kommen. Aber auch die ehemals sichere Vorstadt ist nicht länger eine Zuflucht. Nach und nach erkranken die Nachbarn, Geschäfte werden geplündert, Tankstellen überfallen. Als ein Schneesturm die Stromleitungen unterbricht, liegt die Stadt endgültig im Dunklen. Ein langer, harter Winter bricht an ... «DIE LUFT, DIE DU ATMEST ist ein faszinierendes Buch – ich habe es in einem Rutsch gelesen.» Jacquelyn Mitchard

The Book of Ninja

The Bansenshukai - Japan's Premier Ninja Manual
Author: Anthony Cummins
Publisher: Watkins Publishing
ISBN: 1780286317
Category: History
Page: 503
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The Book of Ninja, the ultimate ninjutsu manual, was penned in 1676 by a ninja known as Fujibayashi. Born in the post-civil war era of Japan, Fujibayashi collected and combined information from the ninja clans of Iga - regarded to be the homeland of the ninja - and compiled it into an authoritative book. Known as The Bansenhukai, this book has now been translated into English by the Historical Ninjutsu Research Team. It is widely considered to be the 'bible' of 'ninjutsu', the arts of the ninja. The Book of Ninja begins with an in-depth introduction to the history of Fujibayashi's scripture. Then the teachings themselves, appealingly rendered in this translation, take us into the secrets of guerilla warfare and espionage. We learn how to become the ultimate spy, whether through a network of spies or by hiding in plain sight. Through the stealth and concealment tactics of night-time infiltration and through weapon and tool building skills, as well as mission planning, we can learn much both about warfare and about adopting the right mindset for tackling our own inner and outer enemies. Adding to the mix for the spycraft lover, there are sections on capturing criminals, performing night raids, making secret codes and signs, and even techniques for predicting the weather and using an esoteric Buddhist system of divination. An exciting and engaging tome of lost knowledge, The Book of the Ninja is the final say in the world of the ninja and the ultimate classic for samurai and ninja enthusiasts alike.

The Measure of a Man


Author: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing
ISBN: 178720409X
Category: History
Page: 20
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First published in 1959, this pair of meditations by the revered civil-rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. contains the theological roots of his political and social philosophy of nonviolent activism. Eloquent and passionate, reasoned and sensitive. “AT THE first National Conference on Christian Education of the United Church of Christ, held at Purdue University in the summer of 1958, Martin Luther King presented two notable devotional addresses. Moved by the dear and persuasive quality of his words, many of the 3000 delegates to the conference urged that the meditations be made available in book form. They wanted the book for their own libraries and they were eager to share Dr. King’s vital messages with fellow Christians of other denominations. “In the resolute struggle of American Negroes to achieve complete acceptance as citizens and neighbors the author is recognized as a leader of extraordinary resourcefulness, valor, and skill. His concern for justice and brotherhood and the nonviolent methods that he advocated and uses, are based on a serious commitment to the Christian faith. “As his meditations in this book suggest, Dr. King regards meditation and action as indivisible functions of the religious life. When we think seriously in the presence of the Most High, when in sincerity we “go up to the mountain of the Lord,” the sure event is that “he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths” (Isaiah 2: 3).”

An Introduction to Geography, Astronomy, and Dialling

Containing the Most Useful Elements of the Said Sciences, Adapted to the Meanest Capacity, by the Description and Uses of the Terrestrial and Cælestial Globes: with an Introduction to Chronology. ... By George Gordon
Author: George Gordon
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Astronomy
Page: 318
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