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Storm watchers : the turbulent history of weather prediction from Franklin's kite to El Niño

Author: John David Cox
Publisher: Hoboken : J. Wiley & Sons, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is a lively, narrative history of the world's great weather tragedies - the greatest storms in history - and the epic quest by pioneering scientists to figure out how to accurately predict the  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John David Cox
ISBN: 047138108X 9780471381082
OCLC Number: 717187216
Description: IV, 252 p. ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction. PART I: A Newborn Babe. 1. Benjamin Franklin: Chasing the Wind. 2. Luke Howard: Naming the Clouds. 3. James Glaisher: Taking to the Air. PART II: American Storms. 4. William C. Redfield: Walking the Path of Destruction. 5. James P. Espy: "The Storm Breeder". 6. Elias Loomis: Mapping the Storm. 7. Joseph Henry: Setting the Stage. 8. Matthew Fontaine Maury: A Storm of Controversy. 9. William Ferrel: A Shy Genius. PART III: The Main Artery. 10. Robert FitzRoy: Prophet Without Honor. 11. Urbain J. J. Le Verrier: Clouds over Crimea. 12. Cleveland Abbe: "Ol' Probabilities". 13. John P. Finley: Down Tornado Alley. 14. Mark W. Harrington: Civilian Casualty. 15. Isaac Monroe Cline: Taking Galveston by Storm. 16. Gilbert Walker: The Southern Oscillation. 17. C. LeRoy Meisinger: Death by Daring. PART IV: Together at the Front. 18. Vilhelm Bjerknes: The Bergen Schoolmaster. 19. Lewis Fry Richardson: The Forecasting Factory. 20. Jacob Bjerknes: From Polar Front to El Ni?o. 21. Tor Bergeron: A Gifted Vision. 22. Carl-Gustaf Rossby: Conquering the Weather Bureau. 23. Sverre Petterssen: Forecasting for D-Day. PART V: Suddenly New Science. 24. Jule Gregory Charney: Mastering the Math. 25. Jerome Namias: The Long Ranger. 26. Edward N. Lorenz: Calculating Chaos. 27. Tetsuya Theodore Fujita: Divining the Downburst. 28. Ants Leetmaa: Out on a Limb. Bibliography. Index.
Responsibility: John D Cox.

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"A fascinating volume in which John D. Cox looks at both the science and the personalities of the men who made modern meteorology." (The Associated Press) "...a fascinating volume in which John D. Read more...

 
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