Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | June 11, 2009

Weekly Read-Along—June 12, 2009: Ice and Glaciers

Material for the Stout-Hearted Reader to Ruminate

♦ Essays, Lectures & Speeches ♦

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Hermann von Helmholtz (1821 – 1894) was a German physician and physicist, perhaps best known for the Helmholtz equation of electromagnetism.  However, he also made significant contributions to the fields of physiological optics, acoustics, thermodynamics and others as well. 

This week’s text is his lecture, “Ice and Glaciers” given in February 1865 at Frankfort-on-the-Main, and at Heidelberg.  It was translated by Edmund Atkinson.  Helmholtz discussed the physical characteristics and mechanics of glaciers, using the glaciers of Switzerland as examples.  His lecture is especially relevant today as we deal with the effects of global warming on the earth’s massive bodies of ice.   

Join others from around the world in this weekly reading event! You can find von Helmholtz’s text at this website:

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