The Discovery Of Slowness
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The Discovery of Slowness (original German title: Die Entdeckung der Langsamkeit) is a novel by Sten Nadolny, written under a double conceit: first, as a novelization of the life of British Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, and second as a hymn of praise to \"slowness,\" a quality which Nadolny's fictional Franklin possesses in abundance. Published in Germany in 1983, its fame spread through the English translation by Ralph Freedman, first published in the United States by Viking Penguin in 1987; in Nadolny's native Germany it has also been the subject of television programs, experimental films, and even an opera composed by Giorgio Battistelli.
Nadolny's choice of hero becomes more problematic later in the narrative, where it seems that Franklin's sort of slowness was decidedly not what was wanted in the Barren Lands of the Arctic, where Franklin loses more than three-quarters of his expedition to starvation, murder, and exposure. Alas for both the historical Franklin and Nadolny's oddly endearing counterfeit, Franklin's death on his final Arctic expedition of 1845 leaves unresolved the ultimate merits of his slow and steady disposition. Despite this, Nadolny's novel spurred tremendous interest in Germany, most notably in the business world, where seminars for executives on how to follow the philosophy of slowness became, for a time, de rigueur.
A gripping novel based on the life and death of John Franklin, a 19th century Arctic explorer. Franklin was by nature slow, and therefore out of step with the times. At school, other kids teased him for never having a ready comeback. Later, slowness became his superpower, a source of deep thinking, care, and wisdom. Franklin was an early avatar of the Slow movement!
Founding Bohicket in 2014 has been a dream come true. In my former professional life, I discovered the importance of cultivating pauses and I realized that these moments, like little rituals, play an increasingly important role in fostering a challenging, yet balanced daily life. I wanted to give a name to these moments of conscious enjoyment and deceleration - a sort of poetry of slowness.
The Discover of Slowness (Die Entdeckung der Langsamkeit) is a 1983 German novel by Sten Nadolny, based on the life of the famous Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin. While on one level it is straight Historical Fiction, on another it is a meditation on the concept of time and especially of slowness. The book's fictionalised John Franklin is slow both in movement and thought, but he finds ways to use this to his advantage and eventually harnesses his slow nature to achieve things quicker people never could.
Tropes in this work include: Cold Sniper: At Trafalgar, John shoots a French sniper who has him pinned down in the companionway. He shoots the man, who is hidden in the rigging of the French ship, during a rainstorm, in a heavy sea, just by calmly waiting for the perfect moment even as the man takes potshots at him. Historical Domain Character: Naturally many, as Franklin moved in high social circles, so even people not directly associated with the Navy, like Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, make small appearances. The Navigator: Franklin's slowness and attention to detail makes him an ideal navigator. No Party Like a Donner Party: Franklin's second expedition to the Arctic (the \"Coppermine expedition\") ends in disaster, with the survivors reduced to eating lichen, their own boots and ultimately (and unknowingly) one of the dead. Shout-Out/Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Horatio Hornblower (referred to only as \"the Captain of the Lydia\") is alluded to once or twice, and late in the novel it's revealed John's childhood friend Sherard is Hornblower's own Lieutenant Gerard from Commodore Hornblower.
What is the definition of a building Somthing that is built for human habitation. It can also be described as a structure that has floors and walls. But why should a building always stay at one place. Ships are one of the largest entities that human mankind has ever constructed. If we take the the aircraft carrier as an example. It is not just a ship, it is also a hybrid of programs, a connection between air and water. Hans Hollein was referring to the spatial performance of this vessel in his project \"der Flugzuegtraeger in der Landschaft\". Besides the Aircraft carrier as ship typlogy I want to mention one special vessel. The SS Normandie for me is really interesting. The designers decided to create a huge open space in the center of the ship to provide space for events, concerts and performances. So they decided to make the planning and the construction of this ship more complicated to achieve more spatial quality. One of the basic ideas of my project was, in times where everything has to be fast and optimized, to create an entity the creates its own time, inspired by the book of Stan Nadolny (the discovery of slowness). Another main Idea of this project is to create a new sustainable way of travelling. The vessel is fueled with hydrogen, that is produced by the ship itself with solar cells on its surface. When the ship is interacting with an urban environment, the ship is charging itself and produces hydrogen. To cover port costs the main event hall in the center of the vessel can be rented out. All these parameters were influencing the design process and were leading to the resulting ship typology. This object should be able to bring events to different locations and also provide space for political happenings like the G8 summit. All in all this project is not a simple cruise ship, it is a multifunctional envelope that is independent of any location in the world. It can work totally isolated or interact with city environment to extend the urban space.
This is a procedure whereby any decision, small or momentous, requiring long-term or immediate implementation, is given very slow, intuitive moral consideration. He has a profound faith in his talent, almost genius, for patient slowness; and the story proceeds at Franklin's own snail's pace. It's hard not to think in the long early stretches that the book must be about one third too long.
The opening chapters follow John through his schooldays, modulate cunningly (if confusingly) from his imagined sea journeys into his real ones, and describe, with quantities of technical information, his shipboard training, travels, and battle experience: Lisbon, Copenhagen, the Cape, Trafalgar. Everything is naturally a slow, deliberate learning process, which Nadolny renders in cold, depersonalised detail (sometimes fashionably nasty) eschewing the development of any character beyond name and basic function. Family, friendships, a first marriage are only cursorily covered. The theme of slowness is all; the novel begins to seem beyond rescue as a narrative.
Then, about half way, we reach the expedition (author's italics), Franklin's first 'voyage into the ice' of the polar seas; and, having fully demonstrated his hero's slowness, Nadolny himself discovers subtle narrative pace. In these icy regions, \"slowness became honourable, speed the servant\" for the sailors, and the hauntingly rendered extremities of the situation finally compel attention.
So in the end, the author's point is effectively, even movingly, made. But reaching it has involved a too long journey through a novel almost fatally determined to emulate an exemplary slowness in its hero.
Dr. Josiah Gregg (scientist, traveler, and author) was one of thosedrawn to the Trinity diggings by the discovery of gold. He was a mansomewhat above the level of the average gold seeker. He was ready to doscientific work if there were an opportunity. Men were attracted to him,and he became involved in organizing a party to reconnoiter the regionwest of the Trinity.
After entering the redwoods, they were barely able to make two milesper day. The slowness of the travel in the redwoods was due to fallentrees and thickets of huckleberry, salmonberry, and salal brush,intermingled with ferns. After crossing Elk Prairie the party continuednorthward through the redwood. Dr. Gregg, on shooting the sun, nowdetermined that they were north of their goal—the Bay of Trinidad.Descending off the Bald Hills, the explorers forded Redwood Creek(perhaps via the trail crossing at The Tall Trees), and ascended theridge separating the watersheds of Bridge and Devils Creeks. Beatingtheir way southwestward, they rounded the ridge at the head of MapleCreek and turned to the west.
GRAHAM'S discovery of the extreme slowness with which one liquid diffuses into another, and Fick's mathematical theory of diffusion, cannot fail to suggest that diffusion alone, without intervention of a porous cell or membrane, might be advantageously used for keeping the two liquids of a Daniell's battery separate. Hitherto, however, no galvanic element without some form of porous cell, membrane, or other porous solid for separator, has been found satisfactory in practice.
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