Cold by Bill Streever
Adventures in the World's Frozen Places

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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 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.
 

About Bill Streever

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Bill Streever is the author of the national bestseller, Cold. He chairs the North Slope Science Initiative's Science Technical Advisory Panel in Alaska and serves on many related committees, including a climate change advisory panel. A biologist, he lives with his son in Anchorage, where he hikes, bikes, camps, scuba dives, and cross country skies, as often as the weather allows.
 
Published July 2, 2009 by Little, Brown and Company. 304 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Science & Math, Sports & Outdoors, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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There’s humor, too, in deftly crafted witticisms that pop up throughout the text: “When one reads past the stoicism and heroics, the history of polar exploration becomes one long accident report mixed with one long obituary”;

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“As the first line of a poem affects the last and the last line affects the first,” Mr. Streever writes, “the environment affects animals and animals affect the environment.” He describes the physics of skiing, the invention of both refrigerators and air-conditioners, and modern science’s quest...

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Turn the freezer down low enough and a new form of matter appears, not gas or liquid or solid but the eerie Bose-Einstein condensate: “a thick glob of about 2,000 atoms condensed into a single super atom surrounded by warmer atoms, reportedly looking something like the pit inside a translucent ch...

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The Washington Post

"The world warms, awash in greenhouse gases," Bill Streever notes in the first line of this fascinating contemplation of all things frozen, "but forty below remains forty below."

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Irene Wanner New York Times 4 of 5 Stars "Mr. Streever’s book … is an unusual and welcome addition to the literature of cold weather and the great north, a canon that includes work by writers as disparate as Apsley Cherry-Garrard, John Muir, Farley Mowat, Jon Krakauer and Bernd Heinrich.

Jul 26 2009 | Read Full Review of Cold: Adventures in the World...

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