The History and Science of HurricanesBook - 2005
"In Divine Wind, Kerry Emanuel, one of the world's leading authorities on hurricanes, reveals how hurricanes and typhoons have literally altered human history, thwarting military incursions and changing the course of explorations. Offering an account of the physics of the tropical atmosphere, the author explains how such benign climates give rise to the most powerful storms in the world and tells us what modern science has learned about them. Interwoven with this scientific account are descriptions of some of the most important hurricanes in history and relevant works of art and literature. For instance, he describes the 17th-century hurricane that likely inspired Shakespeare's The Tempest and that led to the British colonization of Bermuda. We also read about the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, by far the worst natural calamity in U.S. history, with a death toll, between 8,000 and 12,000, that exceeded the San Francisco earthquake, the 1889 Johnstown Flood, and the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane combined." "With more than one hundred illustrations, from ultra-modern Doppler imagery to classic paintings by Winslow Homer, Divine Wind captures the profound effects that hurricanes have had on humanity. Its blend of history, science, and art will appeal to weather junkies, science buffs, and everyone who read Isaac's Storm."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2005.
Branch Call Number: 551.552 EMA
Characteristics: x, 285 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,29 cm.