Richard Hamblyn charts Howard’s life from obscurity to international fame, and back to obscurity once more.
Author: Richard Hamblyn
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Category: Biography & Autobiography
An extraordinary yet little-known scientific advance occurred in the opening years of the nineteenth century when a young amateur meteorologist, Luke Howard, gave the clouds the names by which they are known to this day. By creating a language to define structures that had, up to then, been considered random and unknowable, Howard revolutionized the science of meteorology and earned the admiration of his leading contemporaries in art, literature and science. Richard Hamblyn charts Howard’s life from obscurity to international fame, and back to obscurity once more. He recreates the period’s intoxicating atmosphere of scientific discovery, and shows how this provided inspiration for figures such as Goethe, Shelley and Constable. Offering rich insights into the nature of celebrity, the close relationship between the sciences and the arts, and the excitement generated by new ideas, The Invention of Clouds is an enthralling work of social and scientific history.
WRITINGS : Book , July , 2001 , review of The Invention of Clouds : How an
Amateur Meteorologist Forged the Language of the Skies , p . 13 . Booklist , June
1 , 2001 , Gilbert Taylor , review of The Invention of Clouds , p . 1809 . Bulletin of
Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A biographical and bibliographical guide to current writers in all fields including poetry, fiction and nonfiction, journalism, drama, television and movies. Information is provided by the authors themselves or drawn from published interviews, feature stories, book reviews and other materials provided by the authors/publishers.
Clouds are at once the most visible elements of the sky and the dominant
contributors to the weather we experience ... With ongoing improvements in
instrumentation and measurement techniques, the invention of cloud chambers,
and an ...
Author: Dennis Lamb
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Clouds affect our daily weather and play key roles in the global climate. Through their ability to precipitate, clouds provide virtually all of the fresh water on Earth and are a crucial link in the hydrologic cycle. With ever-increasing importance being placed on quantifiable predictions – from forecasting the local weather to anticipating climate change – we must understand how clouds operate in the real atmosphere, where interactions with natural and anthropogenic pollutants are common. This textbook provides students – whether seasoned or new to the atmospheric sciences – with a quantitative yet approachable path to learning the inner workings of clouds. Developed over many years of the authors' teaching at Pennsylvania State University, Physics and Chemistry of Clouds is an invaluable textbook for advanced students in atmospheric science, meteorology, environmental sciences/engineering and atmospheric chemistry. It is also a very useful reference text for researchers and professionals.
Today we have SCUD missiles, named after the low-flying clouds mariners used
to call “messengers”; we have airborne agents of destruction, weapons that travel
as toxic clouds or haze.11 For Stevens and subsequent generations, though, ...
Author: Mary A. Favret
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
What does it mean to live during wartime away from the battle zone? What is it like for citizens to go about daily routines while their country sends soldiers to kill and be killed across the globe? Timely and thought-provoking, War at a Distance considers how those left on the home front register wars and wartime in their everyday lives, particularly when military conflict remains removed from immediate perception, available only through media forms. Looking back over two centuries, Mary Favret locates the origins of modern wartime in the Napoleonic era and describes how global military operations affected the British populace, as the nation's army and navy waged battles far from home for decades. She reveals that the literature and art produced in Britain during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries obsessively cultivated means for feeling as much as understanding such wars, and established forms still relevant today. Favret examines wartime literature and art as varied as meditations on the Iliad, the history of meteorology, landscape painting in India, and popular poetry in newspapers and periodicals; she locates the embedded sense of war and dislocation in works ranging from Austen, Coleridge, and Wordsworth to Woolf, Stevens, and Sebald; and she contemplates how literature provides the public with methods for responding to violent calamities happening elsewhere. Bringing to light Romanticism's legacy in reflections on modern warfare, this book shows that war's absent presence affects home in deep and irrevocable ways.
The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds Gavin Pretor-Pinney ... throughout
the book draw heavily on Richard Hamblyn's fine biography, The Invention of Clouds: How an Amateur Meteorologist Forged the Language of the Skies.
Author: Gavin Pretor-Pinney
Now in paperback: the runaway British bestseller that has cloudspotters everywhere looking up. Where do clouds come from? Why do they look the way they do? And why have they captured the imagination of timeless artists, Romantic poets, and every kid who's ever held a crayon? Veteran journalist and lifelong sky watcher Gavin Pretor-Pinney reveals everything there is to know about clouds, from history and science to art and pop culture. Cumulus, nimbostratus, and the dramatic and surfable Morning Glory cloud are just a few of the varieties explored in this smart, witty, and eclectic tour through the skies. Illustrated with striking photographs (including a new section in full-color) and line drawings featuring everything from classical paintings to lava lamps, The Cloudspotter's Guide will have enthusiasts, weather watchers, and the just plain curious floating on cloud nine.
... flooff- ing that the novel's characters are talking about the weather theories of a
"cloud scientist" named Luke Howard. ... of Richard Hamblyn's The Invention of Clouds,2 which I read soon after Sean gave it to me for Christmas two years ago.
Author: Susan M. Watkins
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
What if all those seemingly insignificant little what a coincidence! moments you’ve experienced were actually hinting at something very personal and important about yourself, and about the workings of human consciousness as a whole? Would you listen? Sue Watkins does. For more than thirty-five years, Susan M. Watkins, a former small-town newspaper reporter and the author of five books, has logged coincidences as they’ve occurred in her life. What she’s discovered is that single, seemingly inconsequential coincidences—an old friend calling at the exact moment she pops into your head, for example—are often pieces of larger, more complex and meaningful coincidence clusters that together create rich and revealing stories. In What a Coincidence! Watkins presents coincidence clusters that are truly astounding and, along the way, explores those two important questions: What do our personal coincidence clusters reveal to us about ourselves and our lives? And what do they reveal about human consciousness at large? The conclusions she draws are utterly life altering. You will never brush off those what a coincidence! moments again.
are Latin, but the Romans had no names for the different types of cloud.82 Of
course, long before there was a language for clouds, people experienced them
more or less as we do: one only has to look at seventeenthcentury Dutch
Author: David Wootton
Publisher: Harper Collins
A companion to such acclaimed works as The Age of Wonder, A Clockwork Universe, and Darwin’s Ghosts—a groundbreaking examination of the greatest event in history, the Scientific Revolution, and how it came to change the way we understand ourselves and our world. We live in a world transformed by scientific discovery. Yet today, science and its practitioners have come under political attack. In this fascinating history spanning continents and centuries, historian David Wootton offers a lively defense of science, revealing why the Scientific Revolution was truly the greatest event in our history. The Invention of Science goes back five hundred years in time to chronicle this crucial transformation, exploring the factors that led to its birth and the people who made it happen. Wootton argues that the Scientific Revolution was actually five separate yet concurrent events that developed independently, but came to intersect and create a new worldview. Here are the brilliant iconoclasts—Galileo, Copernicus, Brahe, Newton, and many more curious minds from across Europe—whose studies of the natural world challenged centuries of religious orthodoxy and ingrained superstition. From gunpowder technology, the discovery of the new world, movable type printing, perspective painting, and the telescope to the practice of conducting experiments, the laws of nature, and the concept of the fact, Wotton shows how these discoveries codified into a social construct and a system of knowledge. Ultimately, he makes clear the link between scientific discovery and the rise of industrialization—and the birth of the modern world we know.
Hamblyn, Richard, The Invention of Clouds: How an Amateur Meteorologist
Forged the Language of the Skies. London: Picador, 2001. Hamilton-Paterson,
James, The Great Deep: The Sea and its Thresholds. London: Random House,
Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher: Broadway Books
One of the world’s most beloved writers and bestselling author of One Summer takes his ultimate journey—into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer. In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail—well, most of it. In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand—and, if possible, answer—the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world’s most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining.
He made darkness his covering [volcanic ash cloud], his canopy around him —
the dark rain clouds of the sky. Out of the brightness of his presence clouds
advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning [volcanic lightning]. The LORD ...
Author: Bill Lauritzen
How did mythology and religion first begin? Where did the ideas of “God,” “spirit” and “soul” come from? The author takes us to ancient times, showing us how early humans struggled to make sense of the world around them. Drawing on history, geology, volcanology, anthropology, chemistry, astronomy, archeology, oceanography, biology and cognitive science, the author reveals the surprising true meaning of our most sacred stories. “Bill Lauritzen is some kind of genius.” Sir Arthur C. Clarke. “Anyone interested in science and religion should read this book.” Dr. Elizabeth Loftus, Ph.D., psychologist, UC Irvine. “Bill Lauritzen has systematically analyzed, from an original viewpoint, the historic sources related to the origins of religion. He summarized his research in this interesting and thought-provoking book.” Mamikon Mnatsakanian, Ph.D, astrophysicist and mathematician, California Institute of Technology.
The Invention of Clouds. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Herschy, R. W.
and R. W. Fairbridge, eds. 1998.Encyclopedia of Hydrology and Water
Resources. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic. Hertz, J. H. 1967. The Pentateuch and
Author: Robert Kandel
Publisher: Columbia University Press
From where—and what—does water come? How did it become the key to life in the universe? Water from Heaven presents a state-of-the-art portrait of the science of water, recounting how the oxygen needed to form H2O originated in the nuclear reactions in the interiors of stars, asking whether microcomets may be replenishing our world's oceans, and explaining how the Moon and planets set ice-age rhythms by way of slight variations in Earth's orbit and rotation. The book then takes the measure of water today in all its states, solid and gaseous as well as liquid. How do the famous El Niño and La Niña events in the Pacific affect our weather? What clues can water provide scientists in search of evidence of climate changes of the past, and how does it complicate their predictions of future global warming? Finally, Water from Heaven deals with the role of water in the rise and fall of civilizations. As nations grapple over watershed rights and pollution controls, water is poised to supplant oil as the most contested natural resource of the new century. The vast majority of water "used" today is devoted to large-scale agriculture and though water is a renewable resource, it is not an infinite one. Already many parts of the world are running up against the limits of what is readily available. Water from Heaven is, in short, the full story of water and all its remarkable properties. It spans from water's beginnings during the formation of stars, all the way through the origin of the solar system, the evolution of life on Earth, the rise of civilization, and what will happen in the future. Dealing with the physical, chemical, biological, and political importance of water, this book transforms our understanding of our most precious, and abused, resource. Robert Kandel shows that water presents us with a series of crucial questions and pivotal choices that will change the way you look at your next glass of water.
... which taught me how to curse, eighteenthcentury style; Richard Hamblyn's The Invention of Clouds (2001), which opened my eyes to the strange weather of
1783 and the appearance of the first hot-air balloons; Samuel Johnson's
Author: Matthew Skelton
Publisher: Penguin UK
Category: Juvenile Fiction
'You shall help me find him still . . . there is nowhere for the boy to hide.' Orphan boy Cirrus Flux is being watched. Merciless rogues are conniving to steal the world's most divine power, which they believe Cirrus has inherited. Now he faces a perilous journey through the dirty backstreets of London as a sinister mesmerist, a tiny man with an all-seeing eye, and a skull-collecting scoundrel pursue him. Cirrus must escape them. It really is not safe to give such evil people such incredible power . . .
Golinski, Jan, Science as Public Culture: Chemistry and Enlightenment in Britain,
1760–1820 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999). Hamblyn, Richard, The Invention of Clouds (London: Picador, 2001). Heringman, Noah (ed.) ...
Author: Richard Gravil
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Category: Literary Criticism
The Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth deploys its forty-eight original essays, by an international team of scholar-critics, to present a stimulating account of Wordsworth's life and achievement and to map new directions in criticism. Nineteen essays explore the highlights of a long career systematically, giving special prominence to the lyric Wordsworth of Lyrical Ballads and the Poems in Two Volumes and to the blank verse poet of 'The Recluse'. Most of the other essays return to the poetry while exploring other dimensions of the life and work of the major Romantic poet. The result is a dialogic exploration of many major texts and problems in Wordsworth scholarship. This uniquely comprehensive handbook is structured so as to present, in turn, Wordsworth's life, career, and networks; aspects of the major lyrical and narrative poetry; components of 'The Recluse'; his poetical inheritance and his transformation of poetics; the variety of intellectual influences upon his work, from classical republican thought to modern science; his shaping of modern culture in such fields as gender, landscape, psychology, ethics, politics, religion and ecology; and his 19th- and 20th-century reception-most importantly by poets, but also in modern criticism and scholarship.
THE CLOUD-STOP AND SWING-BACK. BY THOMAS 8UTTOJT, B.l. Respecting the invention of the cloud-stop, Mr. Taylor has consulted his authorities, and he
refers me to my " Photographic Notes" for June 1st, 1858, at page 30, in which I ...
Comprehensive yet compact, cogent and beautifully illustrated, this is the ultimate guide to clouds.
Author: Richard Hamblyn
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Clouds have been objects of delight and fascination throughout human history; their fleeting magnificence and endless variety have inspired scientists and daydreamers alike. Clouds and the ever-changing patterns they create have long symbolized the restlessness and unprecitability of nature. life without clouds would not be physically possible - alongside their rain-bearing function, they act as a finely tuned planetary thermostat - but it would also leave us mentally and spiritually bereft, deprived of the inspiring, life-affirming thought-bubbles that drift continuously overhead: "the ultimate art gallery above," as Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote. The author explores the notable presence of clouds in literature and the arts while outlining their growing scientific and technological significance in the context of climate change and cloud computing today. The book covers the history and science of clouds, including the controversial practice of cloud modification. All the major cloud types are discussed, including clouds on other planets, as well as the increasing number of man-made clouds that fill our changeable skies. Comprehensive yet compact, cogent and beautifully illustrated, this is the ultimate guide to clouds.
Their terror leads into devotional casts of thought ; their beauty and wildness
prompt the invention at the same time , and where the mind is not gifted with stern
reasoning powers , or protected by purity of teaching , it is sure to mingle the ...
Author: Dr Alessandra BuccheriPublish On: 2014-12-22
In the Christian tradition clouds are often painted on the ceilings of naves, domes
or apses. During the Renaissance, images placed in such locations were called '
di sotto in sù' because they were located so high up that they could only be ...
Author: Dr Alessandra Buccheri
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
The Spectacle of Clouds examines the different ways Heaven has been conceived and represented from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century, crossing over into the fields of history, religion and philosophy. By examining visual sources such as paintings, frescos and stage designs, together with letters, guild-ledgers, descriptions of performances and treatises, a new methodology to approach the development of this early modern visuality is offered. The result is an historical reconstruction where multiple factors are seen as facets of a single process which led to the development of Italy’s visual culture.
I was the girl sleeping , but at the same time I could see myself , like I was part of
the clouds floating by , and then I looked down and saw the arbor wasn't really an
arbor , it was our quilt frame covered in vines and leaves . I went on sleeping ...
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees and the forthcoming novel The Book of Longings, a novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love. As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements. Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better. This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.
... horse-drawn streetcar now stood under the open sky in a countryside in which
nothing remained unchanged but the clouds, and beneath these clouds, in a field
of force of destructive torrents and explosions, was the tiny, fragile human body.
Author: Eileen Bowser
Publisher: Univ of California Press
"This is one of the finest, freshest, and most suggestive anthologies I've come across in recent years."—Stuart Liebman, City University of New York Graduate Center
Presents a richly illustrated guide to the different types of clouds and other atmospheric phenomena in terms of their implications for the planet's weather, discusses the history of cloud classification, and offers stunning images from one ...
Author: Richard Hamblyn
Publisher: David & Charles
Presents a richly illustrated guide to the different types of clouds and other atmospheric phenomena in terms of their implications for the planet's weather, discusses the history of cloud classification, and offers stunning images from one of the world's premier weather forecasting bureaus. Original. 10,000 first printing.
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