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Invisible in the storm : the role of mathematics in understanding weather

Author: Ian Roulstone; John Norbury
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2013] ©2013
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"Invisible in the Storm is the first book to recount the history, personalities, and ideas behind one of the greatest scientific successes of modern times--the use of mathematics in weather prediction. Although humans have tried to forecast weather for millennia, mathematical principles were used in meteorology only after the turn of the twentieth century. From the first proposal for using mathematics to predict  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Roulstone, Ian.
Invisible in the storm.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2013]
(DLC) 2012037453
(OCoLC)820118666
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Roulstone; John Norbury
ISBN: 9781400846221 1400846226
OCLC Number: 827944851
Awards: Winner of Louis J. Battan Author's Award, American Meteorological Society 2015
Description: 1 online resource (vii, pages) : illustrations
Contents: Preface viiPrelude: New Beginnings 1ONE The Fabric of a Vision 3TWO From Lore to Laws 47THREE Advances and Adversity 89FOUR When the Wind Blows the Wind 125Interlude: A Gordian Knot 149FIVE Constraining the Possibilities 153SIX The Metamorphosis of Meteorology 187Color Insert follows page 230SEVEN Math Gets the Picture 231EIGHT Predicting in the Presence of Chaos 271Postlude: Beyond the Butterfly 313Glossary 317Bibliography 319Index 323
Responsibility: Ian Roulstone, John Norbury.

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"Invisible in the Storm is the first book to recount the history, personalities, and ideas behind one of the greatest scientific successes of modern times--the use of mathematics in weather prediction. Although humans have tried to forecast weather for millennia, mathematical principles were used in meteorology only after the turn of the twentieth century. From the first proposal for using mathematics to predict weather, to the supercomputers that now process meteorological information gathered from satellites and weather stations, Ian Roulstone and John Norbury narrate the groundbreaking evolution of modern forecasting. The authors begin with Vilhelm Bjerknes, a Norwegian physicist and meteorologist who in 1904 came up with a method now known as numerical weather prediction. Although his proposed calculations could not be implemented without computers, his early attempts, along with those of Lewis Fry Richardson, marked a turning point in atmospheric science. Roulstone and Norbury describe the discovery of chaos theory's butterfly effect, in which tiny variations in initial conditions produce large variations in the long-term behavior of a system--dashing the hopes of perfect predictability for weather patterns. They explore how weather forecasters today formulate their ideas through state-of-the-art mathematics, taking into account limitations to predictability. Millions of variables--known, unknown, and approximate--as well as billions of calculations, are involved in every forecast, producing informative and fascinating modern computer simulations of the Earth system. Accessible and timely, Invisible in the Storm explains the crucial role of mathematics in understanding the ever-changing weather"--

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