Defining the Wind: The Beaufort Scale

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'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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Defining the Wind: The Beaufort Scale

Defining the Wind: The Beaufort Scale

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

Crown2004

Hardback302pp

9781400048847     Product Code: 216846

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'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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