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by Richard Hamblyn

eBook The Invention of Clouds: How an Amateur Meteorologist Forged the Language of the Skies download ISBN: 0312420013
Author: Richard Hamblyn
Publisher: Picador; First edition (August 3, 2002)
Language: English
Pages: 256
ePub: 1633 kb
Fb2: 1828 kb
Rating: 4.9
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Category: Biography
Subcategory: Historical

Hamblyn has drawn a vivid portrait of the rage for science that flourished in England early in the century.

Hamblyn has drawn a vivid portrait of the rage for science that flourished in England early in the century. This beguiling book is as eccentric as its subject, exploring not just Howard and his ensuing fame, but also the artistic, scientific, and intellectual atmosphere of the early nineteenth century. The Arizona Republic. The Invention of Clouds is the true story of a shy young Quaker, Luke Howard, and his pioneering work to define what had been random and unknowable: clouds. Although his work is still the basis of modern meteorology, Howard himself has been overlooked.

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The Invention of Clouds book. Enjoyable and I definitely recommend it for people that enjoy the history of science. Shelves: art, iving, history, homeschool, y-philosophy, want-to-own.

Anyone with confidence and good vocal projection could arrange to appear at one of the endless assemblies of paying spectators that were springing up fast throughout the expanding cities of Europe and North America.

The Theater of Science. Anyone with confidence and good vocal projection could arrange to appear at one of the endless assemblies of paying spectators that were springing up fast throughout the expanding cities of Europe and North America.

Richard Hamblyn (born 1965) is a British environmental writer and historian.

The Publisher Says: The Invention of Clouds is the true story of Luke Howard, the amateur English meteorologist who in 1802 gave the clouds their names - cumulus, cirrus, stratus. He immediately gained international fame, becoming a cult figure among artists and painters - Goethe, Constable, and Coleridge revered him - and legitimizing the science of meteorology.

The Invention of Clouds" is an endearing little book about a generally forgotten moment in the history of science. It seems obvious to us today but until Englishman Luke Howard, a chemist with an interest in the then-young science of meteorology, gave a public lecture on cloud classification in London in 1802, nobody had been able to categorize cloud formations in an easily-understood and consistent manner.

Richard Hamblyn was born in 1965 and is a graduate of the universities of Essex and of Cambridge, where he wrote a doctoral dissertation on the early history of geology in Britain

Richard Hamblyn was born in 1965 and is a graduate of the universities of Essex and of Cambridge, where he wrote a doctoral dissertation on the early history of geology in Britain. The Invention of Clouds, his first book, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize; his second book, Terra: Tales of the Earth explores the human consequences of natural disasters. Hamblyn lives and works in London. Country of Publication. The World, Ideas, Culture": General Interest.

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

The early years of the nineteenth century saw an intriguing yet little-known scientific advance catapult a shy young Quaker to the dizzy heights of fame. The Invention of Clouds tells the extraordinary story of an amateur meteorologist, Luke Howard, and his groundbreaking work to define what had hitherto been random and unknowable structures―clouds.

In December 1802, Luke Howard delivered a lecture that was to be a defining point in natural history and meteorology. He named the clouds, classifying them in terms that remain familiar to this day: cirrus, stratus, cumulus, and nimbus. This new and precise nomenclature sparked worldwide interest and captured the imaginations of some of the century's greatest figures in the fields of art, literature, and science. Goethe, Constable, and Coleridge were among those who came to revere Howard's vision of an aerial landscape. Legitimized by the elevation of this new classification and nomenclature, meteorology fast became a respectable science.

Although his work is still the basis of modern meteorology, Luke Howard himself has long been overlooked. Part history of science, part cultural excavation, The Invention of Clouds is a detailed and informative examination of Howard's life and achievements and introduces a new audience to the language of the skies.

Comments: (7)
Envias
Davy, Newton, Marconi, Babbage, Ben Franklin, John Bartram, Fitzroy, Admiral Beaufort with his storm scale, Flavio Gioja with the gimballed compass, John Harrison and his efforts to build a practical chronometer to give us Longitude, Maury and his paths across the seas ... what giants walked the earth then. And now we add the name of yet another dissenter, Luke Howard whose brilliance gave us the nomenclature of clouds and Meteorology.

Giants of the Royal Society, a great story, well written and researched and charmingly presented with illustrations that make clear why this research and conclusion on the weather is so important .. and not just to English either!
Vudozilkree
Richard Hamblyn does an immaculate job of painting the picture of the world of almost two hundred years ago, opening with the presentation room as it must have appeared to Luke Howard, the inventor of our current system of naming clouds. He takes what has since come to be a dull and pedantic topic and re-invigorates it with the Victorian Zeitgeist, including quotes from Goethe, passages from Howard's diary, and the unfortunate results of political infighting among society-academics unrivalled since the age of Newton and Voltaire. The book is also beautifully presented in a half-height format suitable for either the coffee table or the reference shelf. Bravo!
black coffe
As a teaching scientist my students and I daily observe and report clouds as part of the international GLOBE program and local meteorology. It is not enough to know the 10 basic cloud types. This provides the detailed language, history and evolution of our systematic understanding of clouds, wind and atmospheric phenomenah - not found in meteorology, climatology or geography texts and encyclopedia - and provides a foundation of systematic understanding across many disciplines and many countries over 350+ years. A good read that stays in the mind.
Hiylchis
A wonderfully evocative account of an extraordinary scientist, living in a time where knowledge and discovery was celebrated and embraced by all. A book to make you look up at the sky and smile.
Rayli
Touching, thoughtful, eye opening.
Windworker
Beautiful copy.
Uranneavo
A great summer read.
This book is very informative, & who doesn't marvel at the beautiful, ever changing clouds in the sky... I love knowing more about Luke Howard and how he came up with the names we use today.
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