May 1, 2005 |
Widely regarded as the founder of the discipline of science history, I. Bernard Cohen brought enthusiasm and wide-ranging curiosity to the subject throughout his long career at Harvard University. As if to validate the Greek philosopher Pythagoras' hypothesis that numbers constitute the true nature of things, Cohen in his new book, "The Triumph of Numbers," which he was finishing at the time of his death at 89 in 2003, explores the history of numbers and describes how counting has come to occupy an enormous place in modern life.
March 8, 2005 |
In a brief introduction, former MountainZone.com editor and inveterate hiker Peter Potterfield writes "when I realized early on that there were more great wilderness places than one could see in a lifetime, I understood the need to prioritize." Potterfield has narrowed down the world to 23 priority hikes in a surprisingly meaty guidebook hiding between the covers of this coffee table book.
March 16, 2004 |
Not every outdoor enthusiast has the same budget or taste for roughing it. But every adventurer needs a base camp. This illustrated guide makes finding your backcountry bunk a snap, offering colorful descriptions of more than 100 destinations, from ultra-posh luxury lodges to bring-your-own-towels-and-food tented eco-camps. Hardy, non-motorized sports rate plenty of ink here, in keeping with the Outside tradition.
March 9, 2004 |
Remarkable Trees of the World Thomas Pakenham W. W. Norton & Co., $49.95 * Forty-six hundred years is a long time to be alive, but the twisted bristlecone pines of Inyo National Forest haven't given up the ghost yet, making them the oldest natural monuments in this spectacular volume devoted to botanical champions -- trees famous by girth, height, volume, age or, simply, character.
February 15, 2004 |
In 1998, when folk singer Woody Guthrie was commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp, his son, Arlo, remarked: "For a man who fought all his life against being respectable, this comes as a stunning defeat." There were plenty of things stacked against Guthrie during his lifetime. He suffered from sweeping depressions, lost beloved family members to devastating fires and spent his last 13 years in a mental institution, dying slowly of Huntington's disease.
November 9, 2003 |
Someone who was innocent of literary fashion and the hierarchy of genres could easily write a thesis comparing the work of V.S. Naipaul and Jan Morris. Both, after all, are near-contemporaries and fellow graduates of Oxford and the British Empire (albeit on different sides). Both are master stylists, though in major and minor key, who have returned over and over to the same places as if to worry out a conundrum within themselves and in those places.