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    DescriptionWinner of the "Los Angeles Times "Book Prize The early years of the nineteenth century saw an intriguing yet little-known scientific advance catapult a shy young Quaker to the dizzy heights of fame. "The Invention of Clouds" tells the extraordinary story of an amateur meteorologist, Luke Howard, and his groundbreaking work to define what had hitherto been random and unknowable structures--clouds. In December 1802, Luke Howard delivered a lecture that was to be a defining point in natural history and meteorology. He named the clouds, classifying them in terms that remain familiar to this day: cirrus, stratus, cumulus, and nimbus. This new and precise nomenclature sparked worldwide interest and captured the imaginations of some of the century's greatest figures in the fields of art, literature, and science. Goethe, Constable, and Coleridge were among those who came to revere Howard's vision of an aerial landscape. Legitimized by the elevation of this new classification and nomenclature, meteorology fast became a respectable science. Although his work is still the basis of modern meteorology, Luke Howard himself has long been overlooked. Part history of science, part cultural excavation, "The Invention of Clouds" is a detailed and informative examination of Howard's life and achievements and introduces a new audience to the language of the skies.

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    The Invention of Clouds
    How an Amateur Meteorologist Forged the Language of the Skies
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard Hamblyn
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 141 mm
    Height: 217 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    ISBN 13: 9780312420017
    ISBN 10: 0312420013

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    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Picador USA
    Imprint name
    Picador USA
    Publication date
    01 August 2002
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Richard Hamblyn was born in 1965 and is a graduate of the universities of Essex and Cambridge, where he wrote a doctoral dissertation on the early history of geology in Britain. He lives and works in London.
    Review quote
    "Fascinating . . . lively and readable, "The Invention of Clouds" accomplishes that rare feat of changing the reader's perception of the world."--"The Economist" "Beguiling . . . Hamblyn has drawn a vivid portrait of the rage for science that flourished in England early in the century."--"The New York Times" "This beguiling book is as eccentric as its subject, exploring not just Howard and his ensuing fame, but also the artistic, scientific, and intellectual atmosphere of the early nineteenth century . . . Endearing."--"The Arizona Republic" "A beautifully written book."--"Forbes" "An enthusiastic account . . . packed with fascinating trivia."--"Entertainment Weekly" "A grand story."--"Scientific American " "A fascinating peek into a time when people not only paid to hear scientific and philosophical lectures, but cheered loudly and enthusiastically at them."--"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution" ""The Invention of Clouds" is the true story of a shy young Quaker, Luke Howard, and his pioneering work to define what had been random and unknowable: clouds . . . Although his work is still the basis of modern meteorology, Howard himself has been overlooked. Richard Hamblyn's concise work--party history of science, party cultural evocation--is a detailed and informative examination of Howard's life."--"Physical Sciences Digest"