From the acclaimed author of tubes, 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 planetThe weather is the foundation of our daily lives. 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.
The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast #ad - Written with the sharp wit and infectious curiosity Andrew Blum is known for, illuminating our relationships with technology, the planet, The Weather Machine pulls back the curtain on a universal part of our everyday lives, and the global community. . In a quest to understand how the forecast works, he visits old weather stations and watches new satellites blast off.
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.
Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the InternetEcco #ad - Andrew blum plunges into the unseen but real ether of the Internet in a journey both compelling and profound…. You will never open an email in quite the same way again. Tom vanderbilt, andrew blum, new york times bestselling author of TrafficIn Tubes, takes us on an engaging, a correspondent at Wired magazine, utterly fascinating tour behind the scenes of our everyday lives and reveals the dark beating heart of the Internet itself.
. A remarkable journey through the brave new technological world we live in, Tubes is to the early twenty-first century what Soul of a New Machine—Tracy Kidder’s classic story of the creation of a new computer—was to the late twentieth.
Forecast for D-day: And the Weatherman behind Ike's Greatest GambleLyons Press #ad - The weather story of d-day in which the invasion's success hinged on the correct gauge of the weather for the crossing of the British Channel; the story of the man Eisenhower trusted with choosing the best day to invade, despite contrary opionions from more senior weather experts.
Weather: An Illustrated History: From Cloud Atlases to Climate Change Sterling Illustrated HistoriesSterling #ad - . Think of this book like dining on tapas, some unexpected, boasting savory flavors, that constitute a satisfying whole. Washington postandrew revkin, strategic adviser for environmental and science journalism at the National Geographic Society and former senior climate reporter at ProPublica, presents an intriguing illustrated history of humanity’s evolving relationship with Earth’s dynamic climate system and the wondrous weather it generates.
. Beautifully illustrated. Written by a prominent and award-winning environmental author and journalist, this is a groundbreaking illustrated book that traces the evolution of weather forecasting and climate science. Bite-sized narratives, accompanied by exciting illustrations, the year without Summer, touch on such varied topics as Earth's first atmosphere, the invention of air conditioning, Groundhog Day, our increasingly strong hurricanes, London’s Great Smog, the physics of rainbows, the deadliest hailstorm, and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Weather: An Illustrated History: From Cloud Atlases to Climate Change Sterling Illustrated Histories #ad - Colorful and captivating, weather: an Illustrated History hopscotches through 100 meteorological milestones and insights, from prehistory to today’s headlines and tomorrow’s forecasts.
The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest PredatorDutton #ad - Driven by surprising insights and fast-paced storytelling, The Mosquito is the extraordinary untold story of the mosquito’s reign through human history and her indelible impact on our modern world order. As the mosquito transformed the landscapes of civilization, humans were unwittingly required to respond to its piercing impact and universal projection of power.
The mosquito has determined the fates of empires and nations, and decided the outcome of pivotal wars, razed and crippled economies, killing nearly half of humanity along the way. Imagine for a moment a world without deadly mosquitoes, for that matter? Our history and the world we know, or think we know, or any mosquitoes, would be completely unrecognizable.
The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator #ad - The instant New York Times bestseller. An international bestseller. Hugely impressive, a major work. Npra pioneering and groundbreaking work of narrative nonfiction that offers a dramatic new perspective on the history of humankind, showing how through millennia, the mosquito has been the single most powerful force in determining humanity’s fate Why was gin and tonic the cocktail of choice for British colonists in India and Africa? What does Starbucks have to thank for its global domination? What has protected the lives of popes for millennia? Why did Scotland surrender its sovereignty to England? What was George Washington's secret weapon during the American Revolution? The answer to all these questions, and many more, is the mosquito.
Across our planet since the dawn of humankind, roughly the size and weight of a grape seed, the harvester of human populations, this nefarious pest, has been at the frontlines of history as the grim reaper, and the ultimate agent of historical change. She only females bite has dispatched an estimated 52 billion people from a total of 108 billion throughout our relatively brief existence.
Field Guide to the Weather: Learn to Identify Clouds and Storms, Forecast the Weather, and Stay SafeAdventure Publications #ad - We listen to it. Plus, readers are sure to appreciate the book’s helpful guide to interpreting weather forecasts and available model information when planning an afternoon picnic or next week’s vacation. Field guide to the Weather is a perfect introduction to the science of weather. From there, various forms of precipitation, the field guide looks at a variety of individual weather topics: cloud formation and cloud-type identification, and much more.
. The simple explanations are useful in easing the mind of a frightened child, and the in-depth details help adults learn to understand and prepare for the weather ahead. Your guide to watching clouds and understanding the WeatherFrom the soothing sound of rain to the shrill whistle of a blizzard, from the house-shaking rumble of thunder to the violent fury of a hurricane, weather is a fascinating part of our lives.
Field Guide to the Weather: Learn to Identify Clouds and Storms, Forecast the Weather, and Stay Safe #ad - But how well do we truly understand it?professional meteorologist Ryan Henning presents Field Guide to the Weather, a handy reference to meteorology and to the types of weather phenomena that one might encounter at home or in nature. We watch it. We feel it. The information is captivating for kids and adults alike.
We try to predict it. The author goes on to discuss government-issued watches and warnings, and weather safety.
The Weather Experiment: The Pioneers Who Sought to See the FutureFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Peter moore's the weather experiment is the account of a group of naturalists, engineers, and artists who conquered the elements. It describes their travels and experiments, their breakthroughs and bankruptcies, with picaresque vigor. It takes readers from irish bogs to a thunderstorm in Guanabara Bay to the basket of a hydrogen balloon 8, 500 feet over Paris.
And yet one scientific field remained in its infancy. Physics, geology, and astronomy made the natural world explicable through experiment, biology, chemistry, observation, and categorization. Despite millennia of observation, mankind still had no understanding of the forces behind the weather. A century after the death of Newton, the laws that governed the heavens were entirely unknown, and weather forecasting was the stuff of folklore and superstition.
The Weather Experiment: The Pioneers Who Sought to See the Future #ad - And it captures the particular bent of mind—combining the Romantic love of Nature and the Enlightenment love of Reason—that allowed humanity to finally decipher the skies. A history of weather forecasting, and an animated portrait of the nineteenth-century pioneers who made it possibleBy the 1800s, a century of feverish discovery had launched the major branches of science.
The Body: A Guide for OccupantsDoubleday #ad - You will marvel at the brilliance and vast weirdness of your design. The washington post bill bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. An instant new york times bestsellernamed a best book of the year by the washington post longlisted for the pen e.
O. As addictive as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner's manual for everybody. Bill bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and unfortunately the ways it can fail.
The Body: A Guide for Occupants #ad - . Full of extraordinary facts your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. Wilson literary science writing award"glorious. As bill bryson writes, "we pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted.
The body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information.
A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming InfrastructuresThe MIT Press #ad - The science behind global warming, to measure it, and its history: how scientists learned to understand the atmosphere, to trace its past, and to model its future. Global warming skeptics often fall back on the argument that the scientific case for global warming is all model predictions, nothing but simulation; they warn us that we need to wait for real data, “sound science.
In a vast machine paul edwards has news for these skeptics: without models, there are no data. Everything we know about the world's climate we know through models. Today, no collection of signals or observations—even from satellites, which can “see” the whole planet with a single instrument—becomes global in time and space without passing through a series of data models.
A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming Infrastructures #ad - Edwards offers an engaging and innovative history of how scientists learned to understand the atmosphere—to measure it, trace its past, and model its future.
The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of AmericaPenguin Press #ad - The true, behind-the-scenes history of the people who built silicon valley and shaped Big Tech in America Long before Margaret O'Mara became one of our most consequential historians of the American-led digital revolution, she worked in the White House of Bill Clinton and Al Gore in the earliest days of the commercial Internet.
As her majestic history makes clear, its fate is the fate of us all. There she saw firsthand how deeply intertwined Silicon Valley was with the federal government--and always had been--and how shallow the common understanding of the secrets of the Valley's success actually was. Perhaps most impressive, the insular and still remarkably old-boy world that became the cockpit of American capitalism and the crucible for bringing technological innovation to market, O'Mara has penetrated the inner kingdom of tech venture capital firms, or not.
The transformation of big tech into the engine room of the American economy and the nexus of so many of our hopes and dreams--and, increasingly, our nightmares--can be understood, in Margaret O'Mara's masterful hands, as the story of one California valley. It is also a story of a community that started off remarkably homogeneous and tight-knit and stayed that way, and whose belief in its own mythology has deepened into a collective hubris that has led to astonishing triumphs as well as devastating second-order effects.
The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America #ad - Deploying a wonderfully rich and diverse cast of protagonists, across four generations of explosive growth in the Valley, from the justly famous to the unjustly obscure, from the forties to the present, O'Mara has wrestled one of the most fateful developments in modern American history into magnificent narrative form.
Now, but also of powerful institutions creating the framework for innovation, after almost five years of pioneering research, O'Mara has produced the definitive history of Silicon Valley for our time, the story of mavericks and visionaries, from the Pentagon to Stanford University.
Crisis in the Red Zone: The Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to ComeRandom House #ad - Rich in characters and conflict—physical, emotional, and ethical—Crisis in the Red Zone is an immersion in one of the great public health calamities of our time. This time, ebola started with a two-year-old child who likely had contact with a wild creature and whose entire family quickly fell ill and died.
Crisis in the red zone makes clear that the outbreak of 2013–2014 is a harbinger of further, more severe outbreaks, and of emerging viruses heretofore unimagined—in any country, on any continent. In this taut and suspenseful medical drama, richard Preston deeply chronicles the outbreak, in which we saw for the first time the specter of Ebola jumping continents, crossing the Atlantic, and infecting people in America.
Crisis in the Red Zone: The Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to Come #ad - Crisis in the red zone is an exquisitely timely book, a stark warning of viral outbreaks to come. He also explores the charged ethical dilemma over who should and did receive the rare doses of an experimental treatment when they became available at the peak of the disaster. The ensuing global drama activated health professionals in North America, Europe, and Africa in a desperate race against time to contain the viral wildfire.
The more we discover about the virosphere, the more we realize its deadly potential. New york times bestseller • the 2013–2014 ebola epidemic was the deadliest ever—but the outbreaks continue. In our ever more interconnected world, with roads and towns cut deep into the jungles of equatorial Africa, viruses both familiar and undiscovered are being unleashed into more densely populated areas than ever before.
By the end—as the virus mutated into its deadliest form, and spread farther and faster than ever before—30, 000 people would be infected, and the dead would be spread across eight countries on three continents.