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Defining the Wind: The Beaufort Scale, and How a 19th-Century Admiral Turned Science into Poetry
Scott Huler (au)
A remarkable journey over land & sea into a fascinating world of explorers, mariners, scientists, & writers. Huler was so taken with the Beaufort Wind Scale that he went in search of Adm. Francis Beaufort himself: hydrographer to the Brit. Admiralty, man of science, & author -- Huler assumed -- of the Beaufort Wind Scale. But the scale that carries Beaufort’s name has a long & complex evolution, & to properly understand it means reaching farther back in history, into the lives & works of figures from Daniel Defoe & Charles Darwin to Captains Bligh & Cook. All around the world in the mid-18th & 19th cent., modern science was being invented every day. “A wonderfully readable story that is ultimately about how we observe the forces of nature & the world around us.” Illus.
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