“And then The Elephant said to us: 'You see, the ancients knew all about hormones.' Neugebauer was having fun with us. He may have made up the story himself ... The horoscopes of the sigil-casting say nothing of the form. 44 Ancient Loons.
Author: Philip J Davis
Publisher: CRC Press
"Ah, I’m Pingree. We meet again. Splendid. Won’t you sit down?" I looked around David’s room. Short of the library stacks, I had never seen so many books piled into a single room. Where could I sit down? Every square inch of horizontal surface was covered. Books, papers, notes, manuscripts—all congregated in random and chaotic disorder. This small encounter and the snapshot of the protagonist on the cover of this book introduce the reader to David E. Pingree, the eminent classicist, Orientalist, historian of ancient science, and member of the Department of the History of Mathematics at Brown University. This is a book of his stories, retold by Phil Davis, award-winning author and raconteur par excellence, who reconstructs them from letters and many conversations with his friend Pingree. The stories trace connections between ancient characters, historical and mythical, and recreate a world in which the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake leads to unexpected pleasures and associations. They capture a world best described by Saul Lieberman’s quip about Gershom Scholem’s great work on the Kabala: "Trash is trash; but the study of trash is scholarship," and David Pingree’s imagined response, "Yes, but there’s always something of value to be learned." The book is dedicated to preserving and promoting the specialized knowledge and thoughts of David Pingree, a truly remarkable person and to inspire readers to follow academic tradition and at the same time explore unusual connections.
While Nature's early experiments in bird evolution produced some species with a few characteristics in common with modern - day loons , today's loons did not evolve from these ancient birds . Rather , they share a common ancestor with ...
Ancient loons. Boca Raton: CRC Press. Deimel, A. 1920. P. Johann Nepomuk Strassmaier S.J. †. Orientalia 1: 5–10. Dold-Samplonius, Y. 1997. Interview with Bartel Leendert van der Waerden. Notices of the American Mathematical Society 44: ...
Author: Alexander Jones
This book explores facets of Otto Neugebauer's career, his impact on the history and practice of mathematics, and the ways in which his legacy has been preserved or transformed in recent decades, looking ahead to the directions in which the study of the history of science will head in the twenty-first century. Neugebauer, more than any other scholar of recent times, shaped the way we perceive premodern science. Through his scholarship and influence on students and collaborators, he inculcated both an approach to historical research on ancient and medieval mathematics and astronomy through precise mathematical and philological study of texts, and a vision of these sciences as systems of knowledge and method that spread outward from the ancient Near Eastern civilizations, crossing cultural boundaries and circulating over a tremendous geographical expanse of the Old World from the Atlantic to India.
Loons have played a part in the lives of native peoples around the world. Many ancient cultures have stories and myths about loons. There are various folktales about loons restoring sight to blind children or healing the failed sight of ...
Author: Stan Tekiela
Publisher: Adventure Publications
Celebrate the lives of common loons with this collection of photographs and information by award-winning author and wildlife photographer Stan Tekiela. Their stunning beauty inspires us. Their haunting calls fill us with nostalgia. Loons remind us of joyful days at the lake, of time spent with family. Their arrival each spring signals the end of winter and that warmer days are ahead. Award-winning author, naturalist, and wildlife photographer Stan Tekiela believes that loons are the most fascinating of birds. He spent years studying loons, noting their behaviors and capturing them in photographs. Stan’s research spanned major events such as migration and courtship, as well as everyday activities including feeding and sleeping. The result is a striking portrayal of these amazing birds in Loons. Stan’s extraordinary photographs depict the water birds in a new, unique fashion. His fascinating text, drawn from detailed research and personal observations, provides information about every aspect of the loons’ lives. Presented with headings and short paragraphs, the coffee-table book is pleasurable to browse and easy to read. “They’re one of my favorite birds because they’re so beautiful,” says Stan. “Their calls can send shivers down my spine, and they have incredible parenting skills.” Unmatched by any other book on the market, Loons is a must-have for bird watchers, water bird enthusiasts, and nature lovers.
ARE LOONS PRIMITIVE ? By Robert W. Storer Every time I read that loons are " primitive " or " an ancient group , " I wince . They aren't . The fossil history of loons goes back to late Eocene times , about 40 million years ago .
EYAK SONG OF THE LOON: SOUTH EAST ALASKA, 1967 The loon is the soul of an ancient shaman Returned to earth with wings. His domain is land, sky and water And a shaman's song he sings. The loon is the soul of an ancient shaman.
Author: Jacques L. Condor
From Aztec to Zuni, here are portraits of the daily lives of the First Nations people who lived and still live on the continent of North America; the great floating island the Northeastern woodland tribes called Turtle Island. Songs, chants and legends from the tip of southern Mexico to Alaska and Arctic Canada are included. Covering a time span of a thousand years, the book includes tribes now decimated or who are a nearly forgotten and rarely mentioned part of history. This book of word-sketches paints a picture of their world: at times harsh and cruel, at other times spiritual and filled with beauty. These word-sketches convey the humanness of the original inhabitants of Turtle Island, the Native American Indians; paints them as neither noble nor savage, but simply as people who learned to live with nature's challenges and hardships and to endure. To read these portraits of tribes and individuals, their land and customs, their needs, both physical and spiritual, is to understand the magnificent heritage that is the gift to the world from Native American Indian people.
ORDER GAVIIFORMES Loons Family Gaviidae RED-THROATED LOON Gavia stellata STATUS: Uncommon in summer, fairly common in fall, winter, and spring. Breeds. Loons belong to an ancient family of diving birds well adapted to catching fish.
Author: Adrian Dorst
Publisher: UBC Press
The rugged physical beauty of the west coast of Vancouver Island has long been a major attraction, but its distinctive avian population has also made it a major birdwatching destination. The Birds of Vancouver Island’s West Coast presents accounts of all of the species thus far recorded as occurring in the region – 360 in total – and updates the 231 species recorded up to 1978. Each account includes a brief introduction to the species and an overview of its total range. The essential guide to the birds of the region, this book will inform, delight, and surprise amateur and professional birders alike.
The common loon , Gavia immer , is considered to be the oldest bird in North America and one of the oldest birds on earth . ... Although the species is ancient , loons seem to have fairly modern attitudes toward rearing their young .
Author: Chellie Pingree
Publisher: Yankee Publishing, Incorporated
Here are 16 of Anderson's North Island designs sweater patterns that subtley capture the images of Maine Island life. More than a knitting book, Sweaters from the Maine Islands features Chellie Pingree's stories of a typical day on an island, and the photographs of Peter Ralston capture the beauty of the majestic Maine landscape. 40 color photos.
contamination of lakes with toxins , acid rain , and fertilizers have driven loons from much of their former range . Today the ancient wilderness call of the loon seems a signal of retreat in this habitat contest . The loon's only hope ...
Author: John Andrew Eastman
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Describing how 39 common water and wetland birds of eastern North America nest, mate, and rear their broods, this book takes a seasonal approach to bird study and is an appealing guide for birders of any skill level. 72 illustrations.