‘Revelatory ... convey[s] the technical brilliance and political significance of an achievement that hides in plain sight’ Telegraph From satellites circling the Earth, to weather stations far out in the ocean, through some of the most ...
Author: Andrew Blum
Publisher: Random House
Category: Social Science
‘Revelatory ... convey[s] the technical brilliance and political significance of an achievement that hides in plain sight’ Telegraph From satellites circling the Earth, to weather stations far out in the ocean, through some of the most ingenious minds and advanced algorithms at work today - In this gripping investigation, Andrew Blum takes us on a global journey. Our destination: the simulated models weather scientists have constructed of our planet, which spin faster than time, turning chaos into prediction, offering glimpses of our future with eerie precision. This collaborative invention spans the Earth and relies on continuous co-operation between all nations – a triumph of human ingenuity and diplomacy we too often shrug off as a tool for choosing the right footwear each morning. But in this new era of extreme weather, we may come to rely on its maintenance and survival for our own.
In The Weather Machine, Andrew Blum takes readers on a fascinating journey through an everyday miracle. In a quest to understand how the forecast works, he visits old weather stations and watches new satellites blast off.
Author: Andrew Blum
From the acclaimed author of Tubes comes a lively and surprising tour of the infrastructure behind the weather forecast, the people who built it and what it reveals about our climate and our planet The weather is the foundation of our daily lives. It's a staple of small talk, the app on our smartphones and often the first thing we check each morning. Yet behind these quotidian interactions is one of the most expansive machines human beings have ever constructed--a triumph of science, technology and global cooperation. But what is this weather machine and who created it? In The Weather Machine, Andrew Blum takes readers on a fascinating journey through an everyday miracle. In a quest to understand how the forecast works, he visits old weather stations and watches new satellites blast off. He follows the dogged efforts of scientists to create a supercomputer model of the atmosphere and traces the surprising history of the algorithms that power their work. He discovers that we have quietly entered a golden age of meteorology-- our tools allow us to predict weather more accurately than ever, and yet we haven't learned to trust them, nor can we guarantee the fragile international alliances that allow our modern weather machine to exist. Written with the sharp wit and infectious curiosity Andrew Blum is known for, The Weather Machine pulls back the curtain on a universal part of our everyday lives, illuminating our relationships with technology, the planet and the global community. andrew blum is a journalist writing about infrastructure, technology, architecture and design. His first book, Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet, has been translated into nine languages, and has become a crucial reference on the inner workings of the global network. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Wired, Popular Science, Vanity Fair and the New York Times.
Who says nobody does anything about the weather? Danny Dunn does! Of course if there hadn't been a drought when Danny went to the weather bureau to return a radiosonde, just maybe nothing would have happened. But has there ever been a time when Danny could contain his curiosity? Danny is naturally attracted to all the weather-forecasting instruments and decides to do some volunteer weather-observing. And when Danny and his friends Joe Pearson and Irene Miller discover that Professor Bullfinch has a new ionic transmitter that makes little clouds and miniature rainstorms, trouble is sure to follow!
A melody of metal twangs sounded around the weather machine as the instruments, in all their glory, appeared one by one on the roof. First the barometer, used to measure atmospheric pressure, escaped upwards, followed by an enormous ...
Peter Baron TV The weather machine BBC 2, 20 November, 2100h Undoubtedly the most lasting impression viewers will have received from BBC Television's latest science marathon is that we may be in for a new ice age with very little ...
New Scientist magazine was launched in 1956 "for all those men and women who are interested in scientific discovery, and in its industrial, commercial and social consequences". The brand's mission is no different today - for its consumers, New Scientist reports, explores and interprets the results of human endeavour set in the context of society and culture.
Part of a 6 level series of readers for children learning English, this work brings together a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles.
Author: Paul Shipton
Category: Language and languages
Part of a 6 level series of readers for children learning English, this work brings together a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles. It aims to provide reinforcement of the basic structures and vocabulary contained in the most major primary courses.