PROBING THE ATMOSPHERE by Louis Wolfe

PROBING THE ATMOSPHERE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

With the emphasis in the schools on weather observation, Mr. Wolfe's interesting and informative examination of the history and operation of meteorology provides an important source of enrichment for children from 11 to 13. The study of weather has fascinated man from thecaveman, who threw dust in the air to discover in which direction the wind was blowing, to modern meteorologists like Schaefer, who succeeded in using dry ice to make snow. The historical development of meteorological instruments is traced, and includes Galileo's experiments with measuring temperature, Fahrenheit's thermometer concepts, and Danielle's hygrometer. The actual work of the meteorologist is carefully studied as the reader pays a visit to a weather station, and, among other things, watches how a weather map is plotted. Sections delineate meteorologists at war and in business stress, and, with vivid examples, the significance and value of this work. Concluding with problems being probed today, such as the control of hurricanes and lightning, this is an absorbing non-technical study, told with fictional space.

Pub Date: Feb. 15th, 1960
Publisher: Putnam