FLOTSAMETRICS AND THE FLOATING WORLD: How One Man's Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean ScienceEditorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe
Lively as-told-to autobiography of a scientist who studied flotsam—floating trash—and revolutionized the study of the world's oceans.Ebbesmeyer graduated college as a mechanical engineer in the mid-1960s and went to work for Mobil/Standard Oil, which financed the doctorate studies that made him the company's first oceanographer. Years of traveling the world gave him an intimate knowledge of how ... Read full review
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If you're interested in the environment and would like to see how scientific research can proceed in ways that tie in a variety of fields and in non-traditional ways, this is an excellent read. While written in an autobiographical way, Ebbesmeyer provides a view of the insights possible with open-minded multidisciplinary research. From beachcoming to simulation modeling to providing an honest view of the overall impacts of global warming on oceanic currents, this is a book I'd highly recommend. The question becomes how each one of us can individually make a difference so that the gyres continue to ring in their true harmonies.