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The Book of Clouds [Paperback]

John Day
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27 Aug 2005
See the sky as you never have before. Using a series of his awe-inspiring images, photographer and scientist John Day - who has a Ph.D. in cloud physics and is known round the world as "The Cloudman" - introduces us to earth's great skyscape. His spectacular portfolio of pictures captures a variety of cloud forms and shapes, ranging from cottony-soft cumulus clouds to frightening, whirling funnels, as well as a number of optical effects, such as coronas and halos, seen in the heavens above. A magnificent cloud chart; an explanation of clouds formation; hints on forecasting, observing, and photographing clouds; and his "Ten Reasons to Look Up" teach us to use our inner eye to really perceive those familiar fleeting forms.


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (27 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402728131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402728136
  • Product Dimensions: 26.3 x 20.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Photographer and scientist John Day has a Ph.D. in cloud physics and is known round the world as "The Cloudman". Exhibits of cloud images captured on film by John Day have been and/or are on exhibit in a number of public galleries including the Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, Californa, and The Hong Kong Science Museum.

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tribute to the mutable majesty of clouds 30 Aug 2006
John Day - or 'Cloudman' as he is known to thousands of Americans, both through his pioneering website and his visits to schools around the country - is truly the doyen of international cloud scholars. This book is the culmination of decades of research and reading, and is full of all manner of wit and wisdom concerning clouds, 'the patron goddesses of idle men', as the dramatist Aristophanes described them. The photographs, many of them taken by Day himself, are outstanding, and do much to bring the book to glorious life, showing how the sky really is an enormous free outdoor cinema screen. What a lovely book.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Such a dreadful shame 26 Dec 2007
A beautiful book. I received a copy for Christmas (at my specific request!). I'm so sorry I can't give it the 5 stars it ought to have. Why? Because the quality of the photographic printing so often leaves a lot to be desired. I just don't believe that so many of the photos were, in their originals, as grainy as they have been reproduced. Even the paper feels rough! Pages 94/95 are just one example of many. I have loved clouds for decades and was really hoping for a set of photographs of coffee table standard. I am very disappointed. However, I would far rather have the book than not - and in spite of my criticism.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely reference book 18 May 2008
This book is a great for those who have a 'beginner' interest in clouds, as it is mostly pictorial. I bought it as a gift for my boyfriend and he has great fun trying to identify what types of cloud are in the sky.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but has flaws 19 Jun 2009
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When I first opened I was quite impressed but it is difficult to work out who it is intended for.
It is big enough to be a coffee table picture book but the binding didn't stand up to a first read through and some of the pictures are not of good enough quality. For an identification guide it is too large, the pictures could have been half the size and just as informative.

If you are serious about cloud identification look elsewhere.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars V. good 17 Mar 2009
A great book - I didn't know anything about clouds before buying this, but it was recommended to me as something to take your time over. A few pages a day. Startling images and the right level of detail for the non-specialist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 25 Dec 2006
Any aviator would tell you about the importance of the need to have a thorough understanding of the different types of clouds, how they are formed, and most especially, what they are telling us.

Look up in the sky and you'll see that each and every bit of cloud is telling us a different story, in addition to the spectacle you see right before your eyes.

Needless to say, it would be most foolish of any pilot not to fully understand the implication of the different types of clouds whilst on the ground, before a flight, as well as whilst in the air.

My interest in the clouds started a few years ago due to a near-miss air accident whilst learning to fly GA aircraft. My instructor and I nearly got sucked into the clouds, due to the fact that he, my instructor, being the pilot in command, failed to maintain the specified distance from the clouds whilst flying under VFR. Needless to say, we were lucky to get out of the way of the swelling cumulus which seemed to be coming after us as we were about to be sucked in. Phew, never again with a cloud suck!!

Having that bad experience and now flying the most personal form of aircraft, I searched around for a good book about the clouds. Luckily, I stumbled on this one and then decided to buy it.

Wow, what a book! This is a must-have for all pilots as well as anybody that's interested in the clouds. All credits to its author, Dr John A. Day, for his exposition of the subject like no other. He is indeed, the 'Cloud doctor'.

The author does not ramble on about the different cloud types, (that, indeed, would be most boring), rather, he gives a very short introduction to a particular type of cloud as well as the cloud family to which it belongs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book of Clouds 8 May 2009
This book was bought for my mother and she can't put it down! She's fascinated with cloud formations and I would recommend this book to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shame about the binding quality 7 July 2009
By fergmor
This book promised much but only partially delivered. The quality of many of the pictures leaves much to be desired and the explanations are more limited than other cloud books I have read, but the worst aspect concerns the manufacture. The binding is very poor, I treat books with great care but with this one the cover spine had detached from the pages within 2 days and the pages themselves are showing signs of seperating from each other. Quality as poor as this is unusual these days.
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