Bill Streever
Cold: Adventures in the World's Frozen Places
September 20, 2019 Comments.. 906
Cold: Adventures in the World's Frozen Places Bill Streever From avalanches to glaciers, from seals to snowflakes, and from Shackleton s expedition to The Year Without Summer, Bill Streever journeys through history, myth, geography, and ecology in a year long search for cold real, icy, 40 below cold In July he finds it while taking a dip in a 35 degree Arctic swimming hole in September while excavating our planet s ancient andFrom avalanches to glaciers, from seals to snowflakes, and from Shackleton s expedition to The Year Without Summer, Bill Streever journeys through history, myth, geography, and ecology in a year long search for cold real, icy, 40 below cold In July he finds it while taking a dip in a 35 degree Arctic swimming hole in September while excavating our planet s ancient and not so ancient ice ages and in October while exploring hibernation habits in animals, from humans to wood frogs to bears.A scientist whose passion for cold runs red hot, Streever is a wondrous guide he conjures woolly mammoth carcasses and the ice age Clovis tribe from melting glaciers, and he evokes blizzards so wild readers may freeze limb by vicarious limb.. Cold Adventures in the World s Frozen Places From avalanches to glaciers from seals to snowflakes and from Shackleton s expedition to The Year Without Summer Bill Streever journeys through history myth geography and ecology in a year long
  • Title: Cold: Adventures in the World's Frozen Places
  • Author: Bill Streever
  • ISBN: 9780316042918
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Cold: Adventures in the World's Frozen Places Bill Streever

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    1. Rebecca Foster says:

      Late March in England it definitely still counts as cold Most years I don t dare change over the winter clothes for summer ones until later in April, or even May This interdisciplinary book was a perfect seasonal read, and would be a good companion piece to Winter World by Bernd Heinrich or The Water Book by Alok Jha In 12 chapters spanning one year, Streever covers every topic related to the cold that you could imagine polar exploration, temperature scales, extreme weather events especially the [...]

    2. Namrirru says:

      Got incredibly annoyed with the arrogant, cavalier, condescending tone of the author It got and grating until this passage which is when I stopped reading and seriously felt like burning the book Talking about Raynaud s disease of a companion, The disease is of an annoyance than a serious threat When I say this, I mean an annoyance for her For me it is a curiosity As we move down the mountain, I entertain myself by stopping intermittently to observe her recovery At one point, her fingers are [...]

    3. Becky says:

      What can I say about Cold I bought it on a whim The snow was coming this was back in November and I wanted something seasonal to read It heralded my return to chilly Nebraska from the warm South.It was everything that I wanted Mary Roach s books to be but felt they weren t, which is to say science, less forced humor, cohesive Occasionally in my status updates I complained about the authors interjections In the beginning there were times that I felt that they detracted from the story They seeme [...]

    4. Emily says:

      I m not having very good luck with NYT Notable Books this year I found Cold just barely engaging enough to finish On the plus side, it has occasional interesting facts about animals that actually freeze during the winter not just hibernate and about the effects of extreme cold on human physiology and behavior In the debit column, however, I must say that it is fuzzy and repetitive Certain events, like an early attempt to air condition Westminster for James II, are referenced again and again in a [...]

    5. Fungus Gnat says:

      Bill Streever conveys his thoughts on cold in the form of a journal, marked off in the months of a year from July through June Each of these chapters is further divided into passages alternating between his personal experiences, his experiences on various parts of the planet, but in Alaska than anywhere else, and reflections on the experiences of explorers and scientists who had sought to be the first to the South Pole or to absolute zero, for example This way of laying out his material keeps t [...]

    6. Amy says:

      As I read this nonfiction title, I kept wondering why science in high school or college couldn t have been this fascinating Maybe it s because school texts are so dry and politically correct I have no idea, only that this book made me wish I had paid attention.Simply put, this is fascinating Streever is a scientist environmentalist researcher who explores the science of weather, as well as the history of man s fascination with it This book compiles a year of research He begins outside of Alaska [...]

    7. Kristi Thielen says:

      The Little Ice Age, Snowball Earth, lucky and unlucky explorers, cold weather forecasting and how the adequate lack thereof has caused terrible loss of life, and the Japanese ama divers mostly women, since men can t handle it who dive in waters so frigid, they d kill most of us Yes, it s all here and , in 12 chapters, each corresponding to one month of a year the author spent in pursuit of cold I read this book not long after having finished writing storyboards for a museum exhibit about a Titan [...]

    8. Max Carmichael says:

      Mr Streever has some really interesting information to share about the cold adaptations of organisms, but the interesting parts are sandwiched between tedious inventories of cold related topics that he simply glossed from historical sources in an apparent attempt to make his book encyclopedic.But the most troubling and off putting aspect of this book is the author s apparent lack of empathy or sympathy for any of his subjects Critics have called his style flinty and tough minded I call it glib a [...]

    9. Bookmarks Magazine says:

      Cold, filled with obscure facts and fascinating anecdotes, is both entertaining and enlightening, and Streever s crisp, articulate writing style and easy to understand scientific explanations yield a compulsively readable book However, Streever s loosely organized chapters and stream of consciousness, bloglike narrative keep him from dwelling for long on any single topic, and the Dallas Morning News took issue with his single minded focus on the northern hemisphere Some critics also objected to [...]

    10. Dave Hoff says:

      Review best left to Rebecca and other experts, but as one who experienced the Antarctic, it is a text book on how cold affects the earth, humans, animals, history and science Author does well quoting Nansen father of all successful expeditions Amundson, Shackleton, and Cherry Garrard who used Inuit knowledge to live Scott who distained dogs and skis and died on the ICE Richard Byrd whose publicity stunt in 1933 nearly cost the life of himself and his rescuers The untruth of Byrd s failed North P [...]

    11. Chris says:

      Interesting, but I was really glad I ve read a lot of background on some of the stuff he touches on briefly and tangentially, because I wouldn t have got much just from this His style is transparent and sort of, IDK, unmodulated, which sometimes works at its best, it s hypnotic and timeless and sometimes is just banal.Major for talking about a scientist in 1941 Yugoslavia who had his book s publication disrupted by World War 2 breaking out Wiki tells me that Yugoslavia only got into the war in 1 [...]

    12. Kate says:

      I can t honestly say I read this, as after many months of carting it around I never finished it But I gave it my best effort, and the book failed me I wanted to learn all about cold in a clear, coherent manner This book has lots of information, but it s presented in a stream of consciousness, folksy way that ensured that I wouldn t remember scientific details and wouldn t get absorbed by any of the anecdotes.

    13. Kerri Anne says:

      This book is fantastic And it felt appropriate, ending the 2013 reading season with Streever s engaging frozen stories while we were training and traipsing across the intriguing and inhospitable frozen Midwest Highly recommended Oh so highly Five timely stars and high hopes for never experiencing the true meaning of frostbite.

    14. Dayna says:

      This is exactly the kind of science book I like anecdotal, but packed with lots of good information, wrapped around a central framing device in this case, the months of the year and temperatures around the globe in those months Loved it and can t wait to dive into some of the books listed as source material.

    15. Katie says:

      Entertaining read about many aspects of cold and how we all cope with it.

    16. Geoff says:

      Some really good information about cold, climate change and freezing However,the voice is annoying He brings in people and never names them the Russian, the companion, my dog, my son Kind of snide asides But the information is solid Good reference Hilarious book to read while hanging out in Honolulu.

    17. Marie (UK) says:

      I am sorry this book simply does not deliver what it promises It is extremely short on adventure and long on temperatures across the world not necessarily in cold places Generally just dull dull dull

    18. Liz Nutting says:

      For now, at least, I live in an extreme environment, defined by as one exhibiting harsh and challenging environment conditionsfar outside the boundaries of what a human can comfortably tolerate In my case, I live in extreme heat, in a region that exceeds 40 C 104 F with regular frequency or for protracted periods of time As Palm Desert s average daily high temperature hovers between 102 and 107 for at least four months out of the year, I think it qualifies The irony is that I hate being hot Even [...]

    19. Jason Phillips says:

      Cold is an excellent companion to other general interest natural history books, such as ones written by Scott Wiedensaul I am fascinated by the history of the ice ages, and living in northeastern Pennsylvania, by the incredible changes that take place when the warm seasons turn into winter My part of the world was largely covered by ice during the most recent glaciation, with the end of one of the ice sheets only 30 or so miles to the south Ice age conditions sculpted and still influences the na [...]

    20. Dhe says:

      ho preso questo libro in bilioteca, guardando fra i nuovi arrivi, colpita dalla copertina pi che dal titolo che in realt non dice nulla la copertina una foto, di un orso polare in una tempesta di neve, c scritto a caratteri piuttosto evidenti selezionato tra i 100 notable books del 2009 dal new york times , se a voi dice qualcosa, a me ha lasciato completamente indifferente per una lettura interessante, coinvolgente e fuori dagli schemi non c una trama da riportare perch non ha una trama sebbene [...]

    21. Rachel C. says:

      A book of all trades, covering meteorology, classical and quantum physics, geologic history, wildlife biology, textile science, human physiology, the history of polar exploration, etc.I liked the animal stuff So far, four frog species are known to overwinter in a frozen state To be clear, these are not frogs that are cold, but frogs that are literally frozen Pick them up, and they are as hard as ice They are, in fact, largely ice Almost two thirds of their body water may be frozen Ice crystals f [...]

    22. Andy says:

      How do you assess the insulating qualities of a flying squirrel s nest Well, one method is to wait patiently until the squirrel leaves the nest and then drop in a hot potato Biologist Bill Streever says that when the temperature outside is 20 degrees below freezing, after 30 minutes in the nest, the potato will still be warm enough to serve That s reassuring news if you re ever planning to host a steak dinner in the remote Alaskan wilderness, and this is just the sort of goofball anecdote Streev [...]

    23. Knitography says:

      This is an interesting book, with an unusual narrative style that took some getting used to At first it seems to meander along with no sense of direction, but if you persevere you realize that you are in fact heading somewhere Unexpectedly, it s a very personal book the author s relationship with and feelings about cold are very clearly present, along with numerous interesting facts about cold weather and climates Because it s such a personal book, the focus is relatively narrow Although the Ant [...]

    24. Galen Weitkamp says:

      Cold Adventures in the World s Frozen Places by Bill Streever.Review by Galen Weitkamp.The first chapter of Cold is named, July The book begins with the author, Bill Streever, standing on a beach of Prudhoe Bay, north of the Arctic Circle It s July first The temperature is a balmy fifty one degrees Fahrenheit above zero We read, and he begins to narrate He tells us about cold, frostbite, core temperature and hypothermia We learn the tale of Adolphus Greely s 1883 Arctic expedition of twenty five [...]

    25. Jesse Houle says:

      Caught my eye or ear, rather on NPR when in his interview the author said living in the North most people there regard the cold as a bad thing and bundle up with a sweater indoors and the thermostat turned up too high even when it s warm enough outside That describes me pretty well I think minues the sweater He, however, appreciates, even likes the cold and says that cold makes you feel alive and wakes you up better than any cup of coffee Me being a New England fleeing cold hater and coffee drin [...]

    26. Bruce Sheridan says:

      Clearly some folks have trouble with an author exhibiting a personality and doing anything other than paint a comfortable story by numbers Better keep it safe writers, or some folks are going to have a fit, throw down their toys and leave the sandlot Don t dare personalize Well, I m glad a few readers didn t make it through COLD That just makes me feel special This is a fantastic book precisely because of the subtle yet complex narrative voice No way is Streever going to settle for the print equ [...]

    27. Steven says:

      My friend Donna and I have a thing for reading books about cold places, usually when it s hot out I d wanted to read this in the summer when it was blazing hot, but my local public library had a long waiting list and it didn t pop up I ended up reading this just a few days before snow flurries were forecast in my area However, Streever must have been of a mind with my thinking, because he organizing his book by the months of the year, highlighting the vagaries of temperature and its effects in h [...]

    28. James says:

      Bill Streever s book, Cold, is subtitled Adventures in the World s Frozen Places It read like a natural history of the climate of cold with almost everything you might want to know about cold from the scientific discovery of absolute zero to the development of high tech clothing to augment if not surpass the use of nature s wool and fur to keep warm when it is cold Using the calendar year starting and ending in the summer the author takes you on ever colder adventures and explorations of the nat [...]

    29. S. says:

      Reads like an extended new yorker article or maybe a notch less , marred by some slight repetition of fifth grade science Streever is a clear sensory oriented individual, characterizing cold well, but giving rise, as some reviewers have noted, as what may come off as condescending prose I am cold I am wearing a sweater The sweater somewhat blocks the cold is this the author being moronic or assuming moronity in the reader What would be a definite 3 star at 15 bucks is accepted as public service [...]

    30. Ethan says:

      Cold is an exploration of all things related to freezing temperatures, from the way animals in the arctic and sub arctic survive in harsh conditions, to the history of exploration at both poles, to the science of measuring temperature and creating temperatures below 400 degrees, and many other cold related topics Streever jumps around in the narrative, not spending than a chapter on any subject but occasionally doubling back to explore certain concepts He writes in a very informative, accessib [...]

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