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Defining the wind : the Beaufort scale, and how a nineteenth-century admiral turned science into poetry

Author: Scott Huler
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Describes how nineteenth-century British admiral Francis Beaufort created the Beaufort Scale, a scientific classification that measures the strength of the wind, utilizing just 110 words to define thirteen gradations of wind.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Huler, Scott.
Defining the wind.
New York : Crown Publishers, ©2004
(OCoLC)645882427
Named Person: Francis Beaufort, Sir; Francis Beaufort, Sir
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Huler
ISBN: 1400048842 9781400048847
OCLC Number: 53814496
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 290 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction September 6, 1996: Hurricane Fran and before --
Beaufort of the Admiralty --
In search of the wind --
The Beaufort scale, and who wrote it, in a general way --
Reverse-engineering the wind --
"Nature rightly questioned, never lies": the Beaufort scale, nineteenth-century science, and the last eighteenth-century man --
Getting the word out: on the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, the dictionary, and how Sir Francis Beaufort slept with his sister --
Taking the measure of the wind: the fabulous beaufortometer --
A picture of the wind: poetry, the shipping forecast, and the search for the North Shields observer --
Observation, a panegyric: on the Beaufort moment. --
Appendix A. Beaufort scale family album --
Appendix B. Explanation of the plate describing the rigging, etc., of a first-rate man of war.
Responsibility: Scott Huler.
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Describes how nineteenth-century British admiral Francis Beaufort created the Beaufort Scale, a scientific classification that measures the strength of the wind, utilizing just 110 words to define thirteen gradations of wind.

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