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Defining the Wind The Beaufort Scale, and How a 19th-Century Admiral Turned Science into Poetry

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ISBN-10: 1400048842

ISBN-13: 9781400048847

Edition: 2004

Authors: Scott Huler

List price: $23.00
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A writer's fascination with the exquisite intersection of science and language inspires this riveting account of the Beaufort Scale and how a 19th-century admiral turned the measurement into poetry.
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Book details

List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/10/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Scott Huler is the author of six books includingDefining the WindandNo Man’s Lands. His essays and stories have appeared in theNew York Times, theWashington Post, theLos Angeles Times,Baltimore Sun, and other newspapers nationwide.  He has been a staff writer for thePhiladelphia Daily Newsand the RaleighNews & Observerand a staff reporter and producer for Nashville Public Radio.  His award-winning radio work has been heard on "All Things Considered" and "Day to Day" on National Public Radio and on "Marketplace" and "Splendid Table" on American Public Media. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, the writer June Spence; they have a son and another child on the…    

Introduction : September 6, 1996 : Hurricane Fran and before
Beaufort of the admiralty
In search of the wind
The Beaufort Scale, and who wrote it, in a general way
Reverse-engineering the wind
"Nature, rightly questioned, never lies" : the Beaufort Scale, nineteenth-century science, and the last eighteenth-century man
Getting the word out : on the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, the dictionary, and how Sir Francis Beaufort slept with his sister
Taking the measure of the wind : the fabulous Beaufortometer
A picture of the wind : poetry, the shipping forecast, and the search for the North Shields Observer
Observation, a panegyric : on the Beaufort moment
Beaufort Scale family album
Explanation of the plate describing the rigging, &c., of a first-rate man of war