Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Curtis Ebbesmeyer's New Book

You'll recall our speaking fondly and frequently of Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer, the only person I know that when I search his name on the Internet, he has 72,900 mentions and his photo in Wikipedia. He's also the only person I know that speaks of forensic oceanography and floating heads and feet. He is a charter member of the Sea-Bean Symposium and one of life's unforgettable characters.

Curt is featured in three videos on our Florida Beach Basics web site, and our Florida Beach Basics - The Space Coast DVD has a segment devoted to flotsam that of course includes much about Curt.

We are so pleased to tell you that Curt's new book, with co-author Eric Scigliano, was released March 24, 2009, by Smithsonian Books/Harper Collins. It's titled Flotsametrics and the Floating World: How One Man's Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science. I've loved the cover since the first time I saw it. The little rubber duck is synonymous with Curt - he's famous for tracking rubber bath toys that fell off a container ship in the 1990s and using their progress to monitor ocean currents.

Curt will be here for the next Sea-Bean Symposium (mid-October), so buy your book now and bring it to the Symposium to get it autographed.

Read more about Curt's "baby" at Flotsametrics and the Floating World.


Cactus Jack Splash said...

Sounds like an interesting book. You are right it is a great book cover

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

This sounds great! I'll have to add it to my list.