Download e-book for kindle: Clouds: Nature and Culture (Earth) by Richard Hamblyn

By Richard Hamblyn

ISBN-10: 1780237235

ISBN-13: 9781780237237

Clouds were items of pleasure and fascination all through human background; their fleeting beauty and unending kind have encouraged scientists and daydreamers alike. Clouds and the ever-changing styles they carry have lengthy symbolized the restlessness and unpredictability of nature. lifestyles with no clouds isn't really bodily attainable – along their rain-bearing functionality, clouds act as a finely tuned planetary thermostat – but also it might be mentally and spiritually barren, disadvantaged of the inspiring, life-affirming thought-bubbles that waft always overhead: ‘the final paintings gallery above’, as Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote.

Richard Hamblyn explores the outstanding presence of clouds in literature and the humanities (including song and sculpture) whereas outlining their starting to be clinical value within the context of weather switch. The booklet covers the historical past, technology and artwork of clouds, together with the debatable historical past of cloud amendment. the entire significant cloud forms are mentioned and illustrated, together with clouds on different planets, in addition to the expanding variety of man-made clouds that fill our changeable skies. accomplished but compact, cogent and wonderfully illustrated, this can be the final word advisor to clouds: from Hamlet’s ‘cloud that’s nearly suit of a camel’ to the area of cloud computing today.

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