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The Cloudspotter's Guide

The Cloudspotter s Guide A quirky clever guide for everyone who loves to look 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

  • Title: The Cloudspotter's Guide
  • Author: Gavin Pretor-Pinney Bill Sanderson
  • ISBN: 9780399532566
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A quirky, clever guide for everyone who loves to look 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 Journalist and lifelong sky watcher Gavin Pretor Pinney reveals everything there is to know about clouds, from history and science to aA quirky, clever guide for everyone who loves to look 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 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 seemingly surfable Morning Glory cloud are just a few of the varieties explored in this smart, witty, and eclectic tour through the skies Generously illustrated with striking photographs and line drawings featuring everything from classical paintings to lava lamps, children s drawings, and Roman coins, The Cloudspotter s Guide will have science and history buffs, weather watchers, and the just plain curious floating on cloud nine.

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    1. The challenge of science writing is making an abstract description of the motion of water particles relevant to a monkey whose language evolved to tell other monkeys where the ripe fruit is. Pretor-Pinney has managed to do something I'd have bet was impossible: make clouds interesting. Before I read this book, clouds were a mess of undifferentiated Latin words and undifferentiated puffy shit in the sky. Now I look up and see physics made incarnate. It's like I've been given a superpower. Now *th [...]

    2. Beberapa tahun lalu, kami berbaring berdampingan di atas rumput kering di atas sebuah bukit kecil. Kami meneliti dan sesekali menghitung awan ala kadarnya. Sebuah walkman memutar rekaman suara serangga saat musim panas. Rekaman itu dikirim oleh seseorang jauh di seberang sana yang selalu rutin setiap tahun mengirim satu kaset rekaman suara serangga. Kami sudah sering bilang bahwa di negara kami tak ada musim panas, hanya ada hari-hari panas dan gerah sepanjang tahunnya. Tapi orang di seberang it [...]

    3. It's been a while since I enjoyed a book so much. I was initially attracted by the cover design; once I saw what the book was about, my interest increased somewhat, but was still on the mild side. Once I got a chapter or so in, I was totally hooked: Gavin Pretor-Pinney's passion for his subject is contagious, and he has written what could have been a dry scientific tome with humor and a fine eye for the right stories to tell. However, don't let all this distract from the factual information at h [...]

    4. Ieteiktu izlasīt visiem cilvēkiem, kuriem patīk raudzīties mākoņos. Mākoņi nemaz nav tik vienkārši pūkaini radījumi, kādi tie izskatās no apakšas. Viņi ir daudzveidīgi un katrs no viņiem var zinātājam pastāstīt kaut ko par to, kas notiek virs mūsu galvām. Lai ar viņi ir saklasificēti smuki pa plauktiņiem, mākoņu vērotājam iesācējam pietiek tikai paskatīties dabesīs un saprast, ka viss ir daudz sarežģītāk. Debesīs praktiski nekad nav tikai viena tipa māko [...]

    5. There aren't many books that cause you to behave differently after reading them. For me clouds were always a disappointing sight; they stood as a closing statement to an ecstatic run of beautiful Summer days, or a disappointing ceiling hindering my morning optimism. As soon as I saw them I chose to ostracize and disregard them until they had slipped away silently overnight, but just as ignorance causes us to be suspicious of those we know nothing about, my ignorance of the many forms of water go [...]

    6. This was an intense book, looking at each of the 10 clouds as separate chapters and in great detail but interspersing it with anecdotes about clouds in general and a few chapters in the end for more miscellaneous aspects (and a trip he made to Australia to see the "Morning Glory" cloud.Sometimes I got lost whilst others I was galvanised (especially when it came to the basics of cloud formation with land thermals reaching cool regions of the troposphere to form denser water droplets).I reckon you [...]

    7. This book ranks high amongst those that have influenced my life. I am now constantly looking at clouds, trying to figure out what they are, how they were formed, where they are going, what weather they will cause. Beautifully written, Pretor-Pinney makes poetry out of clouds; he waxes eloquently on a subject he is clearly intensely passionate about. To make that passion so infectious is a gift. I am a geographer, also passionate about much of earth science, and have read many books on a range of [...]

    8. Good stuff, but tricky to put down and pick up. If I had a solid chunk of time to luxuriate in this, I am sure it would be 4 stars. Great information interspersed with engaging stories connected to clouds. I am still plowing along with great satisfaction.--Caroline

    9. This is how I wish ALL science books were written. Incredibly fascinating info with all the history and culture and the difficult science principles were explained very clearly. I only gave it 4 stars simply because it took me a really long time to read (had to think a lot more than usual!)

    10. This is one of those books you didn't think you wanted to or needed to read, but once you have, you're glad you did.

    11. I started this four months ago in January. I checked it out from the library. I loved it from page one, but it was hard for me to (a) remember all the detail and (b) move on after I did learn the detail. I renewed the library book until I was no longer allowed to do so. I returned it and then whined about my loss for a week. Jesse then surprised me with my own copy of the book, which I now take with me everywhere I go. The author, a Brit, writes beautifully and scientifically about clouds. He in [...]

    12. Bulutlarla aram bugüne kadar hiç iyi olmadı. Bunda bir amatör bir astronom olmamın da etkisi büyüktü tabii. Bulutlar, bazen hevesle dürbün veya teleskobunuzu alıp gözleme çıkmışken birden bütün gözlemi berbat edebilirler. Öyle ki, amatör astronomlar birbirlerine "bulutsuz gökler" dilerler. Ancak bu kitap ile bulutlara ne kadar haksızlık ettiğimi görmüş oldum. Kitap, benim gibi içinde bulutlara adeta kin besleyen birine bile bulutları sevdirebildiyse, bu alana merakl [...]

    13. Hey, I finally finished this book! It's been my bathroom read for, what year?So *mild spoiler* on p. 261 of this paperback, there is a picture of a bunch of scientists from General Electric labs (circa 1946) peering over a cloud seeding chamber. One of them, the book casually mentions, is named Bernard Vonnegut. If you're like me, part of you continues reading, and the other part of your brain goes, "*Bernard* Vonnegut?! And he looks like Kurt Vonnegut! I wonder if they're related!" Well, this i [...]

    14. This book takes each cloud type in turn and gives the details of what it typically looks like, where and when it can found and what type of precipitation (snow, heavy rain, hail, drizzle etc) it gives rise to. It also outlines some tips on weather forecasting by describing how one type of cloud can become another.Alongside all the science the author makes it clear that clouds are to be appreciated for their beauty (apart perhaps from stratus, the low, dull, misty cloud that even the most ardent [...]

    15. "Clouds are nature's poetry, and the most egalitarian of her displays, since everyone can have a fantastic view of them," remarks Gavin Pretor-Pinney in the Cloudspotter's Guide. Pretor-Pinney is founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society and cofounder of Idler magazine. What better way to idle time away than looking up at the sky? This book delves in everything cloud related. The author explores how clouds have been viewed differently throughout history and across cultures as well as the science [...]

    16. This is a delightful little book that is written in such an enthusiastic fashion that anybody could enjoy Gavin Pretor-Pinney’s prose; not just members of the Cloud Appreciation Society. The science portions of the book are centred on humorous anecdotes tenuously linked to the subject matter so that any layman will not get buried in a landslide of facts, figures and equations. Some of the portions of this book are seriously laugh out loud funny. The format of the book makes it an ideal candida [...]

    17. Imagine you are me, just for a moment, rambling around Half Price Books looking for some new and exciting book to read. At the time I was in the mood for something science related, low and behold I find The Cloudspotter's Guide! This book is a work of sarcastic genius, it takes a subject that a lot of people probably don't care about and makes it really interesting. I love Meteorology, but do on many occasions get frustrated by dry, scientific, texts. This book combines the author's love of clou [...]

    18. I took my time over this book because I wanted to savour it. I wanted to read it on afternoons where there were clouds in the sky, easier enough in England, but hard on some days to find some sky to go with those clouds.This book was given to me by a dear friend with scientific fascination. I can’t say now that I have finished the book that I can accurately identify all the different clouds. And I couldn’t tell you precisely how each is formed. But I have gained a great appreciation for thei [...]

    19. The Cloudspotter's Guide is not only a walkthrough of the different types of clouds with their related optical phenomena, it is also a rich collection of anecdotes and "fun facts" related to the weather. Gavin Pretor-Pinney writes humorous and metaphorical, making it much easier for the reader to remember all the details. As a paragliding pilot I found the chapters on cumulus, cumulonimbus and altocumulus clouds particularly interesting - not to mention the rare phenomenon "The Morning Glory", w [...]

    20. Yes, the lack of color plates is distressing. However Gavin Pretor- Pinney's writing on clouds is so engaging and obviously heartfelt that I am changing my rating to five stars. I am composing a letter to Mr. Pretor- Pinney's in my mind about the low lying stratus cloud that are a true cloud lovers nemesis. The anti-cloud watching cloud indeed!

    21. Bahagiaaaa bisa berjodoh sama buku ini sukak pake banget karena buku ini membahas tuntas segala hal tentang awan

    22. I have falling in love with clouds, so much that even we had clear blue sky I secretly wished some cloulds.

    23. From mountains to fountains.“Beyond the clouds, the sun never stops shining.”“Rain is the sky condescending to the earth.” –J.U.

    24. This book changed my life. I've always been a lover of the skies but being able to name a cumulus humilis or a cirrus vertebratus when I see it has added a new dimension of joy to my life.

    25. I loved this book. The science communication was amazingly accessible, funny, and succinct. I feel like I learned a lot and I will never look at clouds the same way again. That being said I did roll my eyes at some of the humour, which was very Boys Own at points.However, I will definitely be reading this book again, and I hope to one day know the clouds as intimately as the author.

    26. I loved this delightful book! Helps that I was in Iceland while reading and seeing amazing clouds. I've studied meteorology and knew much of the science but still learned a few things and appreciated all the history, anecdotes, and literature references in this book.

    27. Very interesting indeed. Earlier chapters were fascinating, but I did get a bit lost/bored in chapter 8-10. The contrails and Morning Glory chapters rescued it for me though, so overall a very good book.I already appreciated clouds, and this book helped me understand why :)

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