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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: 1400048850

ISBN-13: 9781400048854

Edition: N/A

Authors: Scott Huler

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Defining the Wind is a wonderfully written account of one man’s crusade to learn about what the wind is made of by tracing the history of the Beaufort Scale and its eccentric creator, Sir Francis Beaufort. It’s as much about the language we use to describe our world as it is an exhortation to observe it more closely.
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Book details

List price: $19.00
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 6/28/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748

SCOTT HULER is the author of On Being Brown and A Little Bit Sideways: One Week Inside a NASCAR Winston Cup Race Team. His work is heard regularly on National Public Radio. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. From the Hardcover edition.

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
A Note on the Sources
Primary Sources Consulted
Note on Accuracy
Acknowledgments
Index