Climate: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Paperback – 27 Jun 2013
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About the Author
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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I learned a lot from this. Though academically rigorous, it is easy to follow.
If this and other books in the series were cheaper I would give it four stars.
As with all OUP 'A Very Short Intoduction volumes, this is an edifying - but not didactic - primer for those of you interested in the increasingly worrying area of... Read morePublished on 17 Nov. 2013 by Blackcatlover
I am a big fan of the "Very Short..." series of books. They are well-researched and well edited pieces of accomplished academic text which allow the reader to dip in to and briefly... Read morePublished on 13 Nov. 2013 by writeallthereviews
The wind is blowing in the right direction here. Such a small book, such depth. As with all of these very short introductions, it would be impossible to leave here without some... Read morePublished on 22 Oct. 2013 by Stuart Burns
I have read several books in the "Very Short Introduction" series. All are informative, but they vary considerably in their readability. Read morePublished on 7 Oct. 2013 by Brian R. Martin
This book is from the Very Short Introduction series, where an expert in a given field writes about a topic as an introduction to a reader with only a basic understanding of the... Read morePublished on 5 Oct. 2013 by Darren Simons
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