Alan Paige Lightman is an American physicist , writer, and social entrepreneur. He was one of the first people at MIT to have a joint faculty position in both the sciences and the humanities. He is the author of the international bestseller Einstein's Dreams. Alan Lightman was born and grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. He graduated from White Station High School.
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It is typically propelled by a gondolier, who uses a rowing oar , which is not fastened to the hull , in a sculling manner and also acts as the rudder. For centuries, the gondola was a major means of transportation and the most common watercraft within Venice. In modern times, the boats still do have a role in public transport in the city, serving as traghetti small ferries over the Grand Canal operated by two oarsmen. Various types of gondola boats are also used in special regattas rowing races held amongst gondoliers. Their primary role today, however, is to carry tourists on rides at fixed rates. The gondola is propelled by a person the gondolier who stands on the stern facing the bow and rows with a forward stroke, followed by a compensating backward stroke. The oar rests in an elaborately carved wooden rest forcola shaped to project from the side of the craft so as to allow the slight drag of each return stroke to pull the bow back to its forward course.
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On the winding canals in the hidden parts of Venice, we learn about the nearly year old tradition of the Venetian Gondolier, and how the global media created a year battle between that tradition and a supposed feminist icon. Support Radiolab by becoming a member today at Radiolab. You can find Alex Hai's website here , where you can check out the photographs discussed in the piece. Real-Time Episodes being played now. Curated Podcasts Recommended by media.