Defining the Wind

Defining the Wind

The Beaufort Scales, and How A Nineteenth Century Admiral Turned Science Into Poetry

Book - 2004
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"Scott Huler was working as a copy editor for a small publisher when he stumbled across the Beaufort Wind Scale in his Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary. It was one of those moments of discovery that writers live for. Written centuries ago, its 110 words launched Huler on a remarkable journey over land and sea into a world of explorers, mariners, scientists, and writers. After falling in love with what he described was "the best, clearest, and most vigorous piece of descriptive writing I've ever seen," Huler went in search of Admiral Francis Beaufort himself: hydrographer to the British Admiralty, man of science, and author - Huler assumed - of the Beaufort Wind Scale. But what Huler discovered is that the scale that carries Beaufort's name has a long and complex evolution, and to properly understand it he had to keep reaching farther back in history, into the lives and works of figures from Daniel Defoe and Charles Darwin to Captains Bligh, of the Bounty, and Cook of the Endeavor."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2004
ISBN: 9781400048847
Branch Call Number: ANF 551.518 HUL
Characteristics: 290 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: De-fin-ing the wind


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