Flotsametrics and the Floating World: How One Man’s Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science

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Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - Science - 304 pages
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“Ebbesmeyer’s goal is noble and fresh: to show how the flow of ocean debris around the world reveals ‘the music’ of the world’s oceans.”

—New York Times Book Review

 

Through the fascinating stories of flotsam, one of the Earth’s greatest secrets is revealed. In Flotsametrics and the Floating World, maverick scientist Curtis Ebbesmeyer details how his obsession with floating garbage—from rubber ducks to discarded Nike sneakers—helped to revolutionize ocean science. Scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki, host of CBC TV’s “The Nature of Things,” calls Flotsametrics and the Floating World  “Science and storytelling at its very best.” “A very enjoyable, if at times dark, book” (Nature), it is must reading for anyone interested in Oceanography, Environmental Science, and the way our world works.

 

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I always enjoy books written by passionate, obsessed science geeks. This is not a particularly linear book, but wow, it's interesting. It does point out in depressing detail just how badly we've ... Read full review

FLOTSAMETRICS AND THE FLOATING WORLD: How One Man's Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

Oil and Icebergs
18
Messages in Bottles
45
Eureka a Sneaker
70
Coffins Castaways and Cadavers
94
The Admiral of the Floating World
118
Asian infusions in America Castaways from the hermit shogunate Ranald
148
The forgotten gyres rediscovered and renamed Amos Wood follows the fishing
170
Junk Beach and Garbage Patch
186
The Synthetic Sea
208
substitute Plasticpacked albatrosses Molecular mimicry Endocrine
220
Melting the Arctic and speeding the gyres Farewell fundamental tone Finding
227
A Million Drifting Messages
233
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About the author (2009)

Curtis Ebbesmeyer holds a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Washington. Media worldwide have turned to his expertise on ocean currents and floating objects. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Eric Scigliano, winner of Livingston and AAAS prizes for reporting, has written for Harper's, New Scientist, the New York Times, and many other publications. His books include Puget Sound, Michelangelo's Mountain, and Love, War, and Circuses.

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