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Interesting, accessible and attractive introduction to nephology,
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This review is from: The Cloud Book: How to Understand the Skies (Paperback)
LOOKING up into the skies represented, for me, a gaze into the unknown. Whilst I understood, like any student of British secondary school geography would, the basics behind cloud formation, convection, thermals and cloud types, the idiosyncrasies of each cloud, and the effect they have on weather, generally escaped me.
Hamblyn's book has changed that. To pick up, The Cloud Book is instantly accessible with some truly stunning pictures adorning its pages showing off the 27 cloud types, and numerous other cloud-related phenomena (parhelions, lightning, auroras to name but a few) and offers up some interesting reading for even the most casual nephologist. On further inspection, this book shines as a tome of very interesting but not overly complicated descriptions of the cloud types, their implications for the weather and their likely transformations. That is one of the strengths of Hamblyn's book, that it affords you the opportunity to immerse oneself as far as one likes - either scratch the surface of learning cloud types or begin to piece together the bigger picture of cloud transformation and amalgamation.
Each page is handily given over to a particular cloud type or phenomena and everything described by Hamblyn is accompanied by a wonderful full-colour picture. The text is digestible, the pages are well set-out and it is difficult to offer any criticism of the design and layout of the book.
At times, admittedly, the book assumes some scientific knowledge of clouds which necessitates one reading over the same paragraph a couple of times to ensure understanding of the metamorphosis of ice crystals, Noctilucent clouds or whatever phenomena is at hand, but generally the book's accessibility is of great credit to Hamblyn.
This was the absolute starter book for me and Hamblyn has achieved a deal of success in leaving me yearning for more knowledge on the subject. Fortunately my time with this book was accompanied by some terrific thunderstorms, offering me the opportunity to reflect on my reading in the shadow of some of the most incredible clouds offered up by the earth. I foresee this book serving as a very useful reference book for some time to come.
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Initial post: 24 Sep 2011, 15:48:58 BST
If so pleased with this book, why only 4 stars?
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