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Pyne, Stephen J. 1949-

Works: 62 works in 262 publications in 1 language and 20,447 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: SD421.3, 304.2
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Most widely held works about Stephen J Pyne
Most widely held works by Stephen J Pyne
Fire in America : a cultural history of wildland and rural fire by Stephen J Pyne( Book )

15 editions published between 1982 and 1999 in English and held by 1,238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the cultural history of wild land forest fires in the United States from prehistoric to contemporary times. Pyne illustrates the pattern of man's changing attitudes toward fire, with a series of regional fire histories including a section entitled: Fire and frost: a fire history of Alaska
Voyager : seeking newer worlds in the third great age of discovery by Stephen J Pyne( Book )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new account of the Voyager space program--its history, scientific impact, and cultural legacy. Launched in 1977, the two unmanned Voyager spacecraft have completed their Grand Tour to the four outer planets, and they are now on course to become the first man-made objects to exit our solar system. To many, this remarkable achievement is the culmination of a golden age of American planetary exploration, begun in the wake of the 1957 Sputnik launch. More than this, Voyager may be one of the purest expressions of exploration in human history. For more than five hundred years the West has been powered by the impulse to explore, to push into a wider world. In this highly original book, Stephen Pyne recasts Voyager in the tradition of Magellan, Columbus, Cook, Lewis and Clark, and other landmark explorers.--From publisher description
How the Canyon became Grand : a short history by Stephen J Pyne( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and held by 1,112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How the Canyon Became Grand is both a chronicle of discovery, recounting the achievements of explorers, geologists, artists, and writers, from John Wesley Powell and Clarence Dutton to Wallace Stegner, and a provocative explanation of how they turned the Canyon into a symbol of American grandeur, and later of wilderness - in other words, how they transformed an almost overlooked phenomenon into a fixture of the American identity
Year of the fires : the story of the great fires of 1910 by Stephen J Pyne( Book )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 1,075 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the disastrous 1910 season, as wildfires swept across the Pacific Northwest, claiming lives, towns, and mining camps, and illustrates how American bureaucracies, politics, developments, and ideas collide with nature
The ice : a journey to Antarctica by Stephen J Pyne( Book )

26 editions published between 1986 and 2004 in English and held by 986 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

World fire : the culture of fire on earth by Stephen J Pyne( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in English and held by 905 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pyne traces the role of fire in history and reviews the misuse of fire in the modern world
Fire : a brief history by Stephen J Pyne( Book )

11 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 894 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Here, in one book, is the essential story of fire. Noted environmental historian Stephen J. Pyne describes the evolution of fire through prehistoric and historic times down to the present, examining contemporary attitudes from a long-range, informed perspective. Fire: A Brief History surveys the principles behind aboriginal and agricultural fire practices, the characteristics of urban fire, and the relationship between controlled combustion and technology. Pyne describes how fire's role in cities, suburbs, exurbs, and wildlands has been shaped by a industrialized, urban way of thinking." "Fire: A Brief History will be of value to readers interested in the environment from the standpoint of anthropology, geography, forestry, science and technology, history, or the humanities."--Jacket
Vestal fire : an environmental history, told through fire, of Europe and Europe's encounter with the world by Stephen J Pyne( Book )

14 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 864 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Stephen Pyne takes the reader on a journey through time, exploring the terrain of Europe and the uses and abuses of these lands as well as, through migration and conquest, many parts of the rest of the world." "Vestal Fire takes its title from Vesta, Roman goddess of the hearth and keeper of the sacred fire on Mount Olympus. But the book's title also suggests the strength and limitations of Europe's peculiar conception of fire, and through fire, of its relationship to nature. Between the untamed fire of the wilderness and the tended fire of the hearth lies a never-ending dialectic in which human beings struggle to control natural forces and processes that in fact can sometimes be directed but never wholly dominated or contained."--Jacket
The last lost world : the meaning of the Pleistocene by Lydia V Pyne( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 703 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An investigation of the Pleistocene's dual character, as a geologic time, and as a cultural idea. The Pleistocene is the epoch of geologic time closest to our own, a time of ice ages, global migrations, and mass extinctions--of woolly rhinos, mammoths, giant ground sloths, and not least, early species of Homo. It's the world that created ours. But outside that environmental story there exists a parallel narrative that describes how our ideas about the Pleistocene have emerged. This story explains the place of the Pleistocene in shaping intellectual culture, and the role of a rapidly evolving culture in creating the idea of the Pleistocene and in establishing its dimensions. This second story addresses how the epoch, its Earth-shaping events, and its creatures, both those that survived and those that disappeared, helped kindle new sciences and a new origins story as the sciences split from the humanities as a way of looking at the past.--From publisher description
Tending fire : coping with America's wildland fires by Stephen J Pyne( Book )

8 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... Provides a remarkably broad, sometimes startling context for understanding fire. Pyne traces the "ancient alliance" between fire and humanity, delves into the role of European expansion and the creation of fire-prone public lands, and then explores the effects wrought by changing policies of "letting burn" and suppression. How, the author asks, can we better protect ourselves against the fires we don't want, and better promote those we do?"
Burning bush : a fire history of Australia by Stephen J Pyne( Book )

10 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Narrates the story of how fire came to Australia and how the aborigines used it to remake their environment
Voice & vision : a guide to writing history and other serious nonfiction by Stephen J Pyne( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Voice and Vision is for those who wish to understand the ways in which literary considerations can enhance nonfiction writing. At issue is not whether writing is scholarly or popular, narrative or analytical, but whether it is good. --from publisher description
Smoke chasing by Stephen J Pyne( Book )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Smokechasing is an American term coined to describe the practice of sending one or, later, two fightfighters into wildlands to track down the source of a reported smoke. The organization of this book roughly traces the stages of such an event."--Author's note
Grove Karl Gilbert, a great engine of research by Stephen J Pyne( Book )

15 editions published between 1980 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As Stephen Pyne reveals in his biography, few other scientists can match Grove Karl Gilbert's range of talents. A premier explorer of the American West who made major contributions to the cascade of new discoveries about the earth, Gilbert described two novel forms of mountain building, invented the concept of the graded stream, inaugurated modern theories of lunar origin, helped found the science of geomorphology, and added to the canon of conservation literature
Introduction to wildland fire by Stephen J Pyne( Book )

7 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Introduction to Wildland Fire, Second Edition provides a comprehensive resource for studying the fundamentals of fire behavior, its ecological effects, and its cultural and institutional framework. This new Second Edition expands and updates the coverage of the field and explores the subject of wildfire management in a broad scientific, technical, and social context. Written by recognized authorities on fire management, it presents the fundamental physics and chemistry of fire, fire behavior, wildland fuels, the interaction of fires and weather, the ecological effects of fires, the structure of fire management programs, planning efforts, suppression strategies, prescribed fires, and global fire management. The new edition also includes such current problems as the burning of the Amazon rain forest and the implications of the recent drought-related fires that have plagued urban areas bordering on wilderness land." "Throughout the book the authors keep the subject of fire itself central. They begin by identifying, clarifying, and consolidating the basic concepts and literature of fire as a natural occurrence in the environment. General principles are illustrated with reference to specific events, and the natural incidence of fire is related to its cultural causes and effects."--Jacket
Introduction to wildland fire : fire management in the United States by Stephen J Pyne( Book )

6 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Awful splendour : a fire history of Canada by Stephen J Pyne( Book )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Fire is a defining element in Canadian land and life. With few exceptions, Canada's forests and prairies have evolved with fire. Its peoples have exploited fire and sought to protect themselves from its excesses, and since Confederation, the country has devised various institutions to connect fire and society. The choices Canadians have made say a great deal about their national character. Awful Splendour narrates the history of this grand saga."--Jacket
After preservation : saving American nature in the age of humans( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fire by Stephen J Pyne( Book )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Fire has been an integral feature of our planet for over 400 million years. It has defined human culture from the beginning; it is something without which we cannot survive. For while fire is among the most destructive forces on earth, it has equally tremendous powers of cleansing renewal and controlled energy. In this book the author delivers a masterclass history of fire and its use by humanity, explaining how fire has always been at the core of how people have made their world habitable, whether hunting, foraging, farming, herding or urbanizing, and of course in managing nature reserves. Fire was deployed in the bast by aboriginal communities, and early agricultural societies began to control and contain fire and fuel. But our mastery of the science and art of fire has not given us absolute power: fire disasters have altered the course of history, and unexpected fires that begin as the result of other disasters can have shocking efffects. In addition, wildfires are a crucial component of natural regeneration. The past 200 years has also seen the growth of a massive new role of combustibles in the form of fossil biomass: 'people burn fuels from the geological past and release their effluents into the geological future. The present they overload with noxious emissions and greenhouse gases.' New combustion practices have radically changed the world's ecological balance
Fire on earth : an introduction by Andrew C Scott( Book )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Earth is the only planet known to have fire. The reason is both simple and profound: fire exists because Earth is the only planet to possess life as we know it. Fire is an expression of life on Earth and an index of life's history. Few processes are as integral, unique, or ancient. Fire on Earth puts fire in its rightful place as an integral part of the study of geology, biology, human history, physics, and global chemistry. Fire is ubiquitous in various forms throughout Earth, and belongs as part of formal inquiries about our world. In recent years fire literature has multiplied exponentially; dedicated journals exist and half a dozen international conferences are held annually. A host of formal sciences, or programs announcing interdisciplinary intentions, are willing to consider fire. Wildfire also appears routinely in media reporting. This full-colour text, containing over 250 illustrations of fire in all contexts, is designed to provide a synthesis of contemporary thinking; bringing together the most powerful concepts and disciplinary voices to examine, in an international setting, why planetary fire exists, how it works, and why it looks the way it does today. Students, lecturers, researchers and professionals interested in the physical, ecological and historical characteristics of fire will find this book, and accompanying web-based material, essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in all related disciplines, for general interest and for providing an interdisciplinary foundation for further study." -- Publisher's website
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Voyager : seeking newer worlds in the third great age of discovery
Alternative Names
Pyne, Stephen J.

Pyne, Stephen Joseph 1949-

Stephen Pyne

パイン, スティーヴン・J

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Voyager : seeking newer worlds in the third great age of discoveryHow the Canyon became Grand : a short historyYear of the fires : the story of the great fires of 1910The ice : a journey to AntarcticaWorld fire : the culture of fire on earthFire : a brief historyVestal fire : an environmental history, told through fire, of Europe and Europe's encounter with the worldTending fire : coping with America's wildland fires