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Weather Experiment, The
Author: Peter Moore

ISBN: 9780701187996
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 7 May 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 16.3 x 3.8
Description:
"**Book of the Week on Radio 4** 'Gripping' The Times 'Exhilarating' Sunday Times In 1865 a broken Admiral Robert FitzRoy locked himself in his dressing room and cut his throat. His grand meteorological project had failed. Yet only a decade later, FitzRoy s storm-warning system and forecasts would return, the model for what we use today. In an age when a storm at sea was evidence of God s great wrath, nineteenth-century meteorologists had to fight against convention and religious dogma. But buoyed by the achievements of the Enlightenment a generation of mavericks set out to explain the secrets of the atmosphere and learned to predict the future. Among them were Luke Howard, the first to classify the clouds, Francis Beaufort who quantified the winds, James Glaisher, who explored the upper atmosphere in a hot-air balloon, Samuel Morse whose electric telegraph gave scientists the means by which to transmit weather warnings, and FitzRoy himself, master sailor, scientific pioneer and founder of the Met Office. Reputations were built and shattered. Fractious debates raged over decades b...

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