HRM Resident <hrm...@gmail.com
> On 2021-11-21 2:20 a.m., Mike Spencer wrote:
>> The Natural Philosophy of Time, G. J. Whitrow, 1961
> I'm sure there are cheaper sources, but Amazon has the hardcover
> for $449.00 and the paperback for $49.48. TILT! Who would pay $450 for
> a book?
Ubyl fuvg! Whitrow was a distinguished and well known scientist but
not such monumental stature as to make his book a rare collectible.
Y'all were opining on effects of hypothetical changes in physical
constants. Whitrow argued that life was possible only in three
physical dimensions. (Brief summary on the Wikipedia page.)
My paperback copy is quite tattered. A friend moved here in '71. had
a cellar hole blasted out of the ledge and then, with energy far
beyond mine, raised a crappy barn, built a very nice if unconventional
house, raised pigs, chickens and the calves from our milk cow, attended
grad school at Dal and then, after dropping that, ran a small business
in Bridgewater. He had arrived here with several (many?) cartons of
technical books on a very wide range of topics. (Did I mention that
he was also a lot smarter than I?) With all the above-recounted
busyness, he had no time for his library which he stored in his
blasted-out cellar and didn't think about for over a year. When his
house was tight enough for books, he went to get them, only to find
that he should have included a drain in his cellar. He had wrapped
the cartons in plastic sheet to exclude "dampness" but that didn't
withstand being sumberged. Some books were reduced to pulp, some were
merely stained, some were recoverable with the cover & outer pages
partially pulped. My Whitrow is in the last category. I have several
other of his recovered books that he simply abandoned when compelled
to move away by complicated health and family issues in '77.
> Anyhow, as I said, it's almost certainly available at a used book
> store . . .
The indefinite article? "a", not "the"? How many serious used book
stores are there in Hfx (or NS) now?
Did you know that there is now only one company in N. America that
makes matches? Don't let the Eddy Match web site deceive you. The
Eddy marque and all the other Canadian and US match brands now belong
to D. D. Bean in Jaffrey, NH. (No proximal connection to L. L. Bean.)
Jaffrey is a little New England mill and farming town where I lived
when I was three or four. D. D. Bean is a family business, making
matches since the 20s. Butane lighters and unfashionability of
smoking has reduced the industry almost to the same state as buggy
whips. Sobeys has no matches on the shelf presently. The ones I've
been buying -- wooden matches in pocket-sized boxes -- under the Eddy
brand and Jaffrey location, are marked "Made in Chile" where,
according to the Bean web site, there is a company with century-old
match-making gear still in use.
D. D. Bean is struggling to keep afloat. I surmise that the Chilean
matches I would buy, were they on the shelf, are sitting in a
container somewhere waiting for the global transport snafu to clear.