The Cloudspotter's Guide

The Cloudspotter's Guide

The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds

Book - 2006
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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 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 Guidewill have science and history buffs, weather watchers, and the just plain curious floating on cloud nine.
Publisher: New York :, Perigee Book,, 2006.
ISBN: 9780399532566
Branch Call Number: 551.576 PR
Characteristics: 320 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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LPL_JakeV Aug 20, 2019

Look up! As a birder and an ex-arborist, these are words I live by. So why did it take so long to get around to The Cloudspotters Guide? Over a decade old as I write this, Gavin Pretor-Pinney's extremely accessible examination of clouds is now one of my favorite books. Take it slowly, take it with you on hikes and trips and while sitting on the porch. Look up!

Mar 04, 2018

A gentle and illuminating look at all things “clouds.” Clouds are poetry, poetry in motion. Clouds and the sky they live in represent half the world we see. They are the decorations of the daylight heavens.The book includes scientific information (but not and overwhelming amount) about how the types of clouds form. Recommended for an afternoon of study, for clouds make the natural world more appealing.

Sep 27, 2017

Fantastic book - a rare combination of whimsy, amusing and amazing anecdotes, and stone cold science. Loved it.


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