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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (27 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199641137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199641130
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.3 x 11.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mark Maslin, Professor of Geography at UCL and Director of the Environment Institute. He is also the author of Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Margaret7 VINE VOICE on 1 Oct 2013
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I had high hopes of this little book and I was not disappointed. I hate books that skate across the surface or appear to be written for 'lay people' who are not functional adults. This book is most definitely not like that!

It covers the science and the underlying principles for non-scientists, but in an intelligent and straightforward manner. And with no personal agenda visible.

AND - it's written in conversational English, not po-faced prose - which is just so refreshing!! Loved it. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Morgan VINE VOICE on 19 Sep 2013
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It's a rare talent to be able to take quite complex scientific principles & theories of operation and to be able to present them in such a way that even the non-Einsteins in society such as myself can understand them and not be bamboozled. Mark Maslin possesses such a talent in spades in my opinion! He is also helped in the book by some superb diagrams that really do add much to the book and are a great help in understanding the somewhat more complex parts of the text.

This tiny book (about the size of a pocket diary) of around 160 pages is part of an ongoing series that now stands at over 350 volumes on such subjects as Wittgenstein, The Spanish Civil War, Probability and so on.

In this volume the author presents the facts about our climate and the way it works and what causes say the various weather patterns that exist in certain parts of the world (e.g. why the weather in north-western Europe is so changeable) in such a clear and concise way whilst at the same time avoids getting the reader bogged down & confused by reams of maths & formulae that really are only for the professional meteorologist. In other words, he only tells you what you NEED to know to understand how the world's climate works. As I said, a rare talent for someone who's a professor of Geography at a well-known London University College!

For the amateur weather forecaster like myself, this book is a really interesting read without becoming either incomprehensible or off-putting, and conveys information in such an easy-to-understand way that even say a child of around 11-12 who's interested in either geography or the weather would easily understand.

The chapter headings are as follows:-

What is Climate?
Atmosphere and Oceans
Weather v.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Another Weasley VINE VOICE on 15 Sep 2013
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I really like this book. It is small and pocket-sized but it covers a vast range of topics within the subject "climate" even providing diagrams to explain key concepts such as atmospheric circulation and the Coriolis effect. The author is a professor of Geography at UCL who is more than qualified to discuss the subject. However it s written in an easy to understand format and even someone with no understanding of "climate" will be able to pick it up. I think it is a handy book for school kids, students and anyone who is interested in this subject area. I think some of the journalists who write about "climate" and "climate change" would benefit from this book as their stories may have more substance than scaremongering.

The book is split into ten chapters:

1 - What is climate?
2 - Atmosphere and oceans.
3 - Weather versus climate
4 - Extreme climates
5 - Tectonics and climate
6 - Global climate cooling
7 - Great ice ages
8 - Future climate change
9 - Fixing climate change
10 - Ultimate climate change

Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to understand and although it was small it was informative. A list of other books in the series suggests there are over 350 books in the series. Although I won't read all of them I am really interesting in reading more of them and I already have a list of some more to look into. It is a really good idea to have a small introductory book to a complex subject.
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I'm a huge fan of this series of books - they offer a serious but clear introduction to often complex subjects. Some are more academic (and dry) than others - depending on the author. I've read several books that attempt to make the complexities of climate simple to understand and I have to say that this is the best I have read. Maslin has a more conversational style than some of the other authors in this series and that's very much a good thing. It has an appropriate level of diagrams which help to illustrate and clarify without over-complicating things. It really is well written and logical in layout. It's great for a non-specialist reader and would certainly help A' level geographers or above. Climate is complex - although Maslin insists it isn't! - but when it is laid out with clarity like in this book, it is accessible and interesting. Another big plus of this whole series is that it is well referenced so there are plenty of signposts of where to go to deepen your understanding if you want to take things further. In my view, this is one of the very best in an excellent series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary VINE VOICE on 19 Sep 2013
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This is an excellent book. It covers everything one would want to know about the subject and more. It is especially penetrating on the subject of climate change.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. J. Wyndham VINE VOICE on 12 Sep 2013
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This slim volume gave a large amount of information presented in a logical and clear manner. One often buys books like this thinking that one must read up about such a serious subject - and ends up abandoning the book after a couple of chapters. This was not the case with this book.
An encouragement to try some of the other titles in this series.
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