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Oceanography and Seamanship Hardcover – July 30, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0870334344 ISBN-10: 0870334344 Edition: 2 Sub

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing; 2 Sub edition (July 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870334344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870334344
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.9 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Chicago (1920), Dr. William G. Van Dorn grew up in Pasadena, attended Stanford University (BSME 1942) and commenced graduate work at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1947, where he remained for forty years, retiring as Research Professor, Oceanography, and Chairman of Phys. Oceanography Research division in 1987.
Dr. Van Doprn began his lifelong study of study of tsunamis in 1952, when Scripps became involved in the U.S. nuclear testing program in the South Pacific, which continued through 1962. He can now say he has Skied 50 years, surfed 50 years, dived 50 years, and seen more H-bombs detonated than any man alive. Dr. Van Dorn is the author of four totally different published books.
1. Oceanography and Seamanship,(1974, 1993), a book about the ocean as an operating environment for boats and ships; total sales now in excess of 40,000 volumes.
2. Papers in Physical Oceanography, 1992; privately published and distributed to 100 government and university libraries.
3. Ivy-Mike the first Hydrogen Bomb, (2008). An accurate historical account of the concept design, development and testing of the world's first thermonuclear device.(10-million tons of TNT). Not everyman's book, it is slowly increasing in sales.
4. Capsize, a novel based on a true marine disaster (2011). After studying the storm-related, capsize of a chartered diving trawler, from which there were only two survivors, I wrote a similar novel, allowing six survivors, who are eventualy rescued after many adventures.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Good diagrams, pictures, charts, etc. A picture being worth 1000 words certainly applies here. Enough mathematics for the scientist, for the layman - the text makes perfect sense without the formulas.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By ctlow@cybertap.com on October 28, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Oceanography and Seamanship by van Dorn is so full of information that it's hard to know where to start. The book is quite technical, with lots of math, and even as a scientist, I found that I skipped over many of the forumlae, yet still understood the underlying concepts of how boats and the water interact. Very interesting and useful.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By James Lamb on November 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Let me be frank... the beautiful cover of this book caught my eye while browsing a bookstore on vacation, but I didn't want to spend the money.

A YEAR LATER, I had the cash, and remembered that this book contained so many topics that I wanted to learn more about. I didn't remember the title, nor the exact bookstore, but I tracked it down. The bookstore owner didn't have the book in stock, but by my description, remembered it, and I subsequently purchased it through Amazon. It's the kind of book you remember.

If you're curious about the greater part of the earth which is covered with water, this book is a must read ! I'm slowly working through, cover-to-cover. Ocean currents, winds, and tides... climate, how various sized ships act in various conditions... calculating whether you have time to head to port or better get away from land when the wind starts blowing (how high will the waves get?) -- it's all here. I must confess, I've been glossing over the calculation aspects of wave propagation, but just reached the a-ha! point of why it's all very useful (and the graph is simpler than it looks once you get to the examples).

If you want to better understand the oceans, from the north pole to the south, and all the winds, waves, ice bergs, and currents between, this is your book. The pictures and drawings are what caught my eye. Once you dig into the text (if you have a bit of science/math grounding), you'll find it as enjoyable as the graphics. Even if you don't have much science/math, there are great portions with enjoyable material that doesn't require heavy thought.
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