In case you hadn’t yet heard, a total eclipse of the sun will be (weather permitting) observable along a path diagonally bisecting the continental United States this coming twenty-first day of August. As might be expected, there is more than just a little excitement about this amongst astronomers as well as general naturalists.
When I recently called up the Very Short Introductions section of the Oxford University Press website to check if any interesting natural history themed volumes were visible on the horizon, I found myself quoting that iconic, charismatic leader of the O.W.C.A., Major Francis Monogram, in exclaiming “Good googly moogly!”
What with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a fight for its very existence, the recent publication of Pamela Hill’s “Environmental Protection” in the Oxford University Press What Everyone Needs to Know® series seems particularly timely indeed.
At the end of 2016, Oxford University Press’ brilliant Very Short Introductions series reached a milestone: the publication it’s five hundredth volume. Of course, such a series could not have a milestone such as this represented by just any random subject; which is why they cleverly chose Measurement to bear the distinctive “500” on its spine.