Defining the Wind: The Beaufort Scale

    Defining the Wind: The Beaufort Scale

    and How a 19th-Century Admiral Turned Science into Poetry

    Scott Huler

    Crown 2004

    Hardback 302pp

    9781400048847   Product Code: 16846

    'Calm; smoke rises vertically ...' In just 110 words, the Beaufort scale provides a clear, elegant measure of wind speed from 1 to 12 ('devastation occurs'). This quirky, compelling book uncovers the life and voyages of its creator, Sir Francis Beaufort, hydrographer to the British Admiralty in the age of sail. Equal parts history, mystery, textbook and memoir, it charts the scale's antecedents and influence through two centuries of exploration and scientific discovery.

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