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The Weather Machine

How We See Into the Future

Andrew Blum



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03 November 2020
Mathematics & Sciences; Popular science; Weather
'Revelatory . convey s the technical brilliance and political significance of an achievement that hides in plain sight'TelegraphFrom satellites circling the Earth, to weather stations far out in the ocean, through some of the most ingenious minds and advanced algorithms at work today - In this gripping investigation, Andrew Blum takes us on a global journey. Our destination- the simulated models weather scientists have constructed of our planet, which spin faster than time, turning chaos into prediction, offering glimpses of our future with eerie precision.

This collaborative invention spans the Earth and relies on continuous co-operation between all nations - a triumph of human ingenuity and diplomacy we too often shrug off as a tool for choosing the right footwear each morning. But in this new era of extreme weather, we may come to rely on its maintenance and survival for our own.
By:   Andrew Blum
Imprint:   Vintage
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 129mm
Weight:   182g
ISBN:   9781784700980
ISBN 10:   1784700983
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   03 November 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Andrew Blum is the author of Tubes- Behind the Scenes at the Internet, described as 'utterly engrossing ... the year's most stimulating and original travel book' (Independent) and a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. He writes about infrastructure, architecture, design, technology, urbanism, art, and travel. Since 1999, his articles and essays have appeared in Wired, Popular Science, Metropolis, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, New Yorker and many more publications. He has degrees in literature from Amherst College and in human geography from the University of Toronto, and lives in his native New York City.

Reviews for The Weather Machine: How We See Into the Future

This fascinating book reveals the existence and origins of surely one of our species' greatest creations, and Andrew Blum is the perfect writer to share both the remarkable human stories and the astonishing technical wizardry behind it all -- MARK VANHOENACKER, author of Skyfaring It's easy to ... overlook the monumental achievement [weather forecasts] represent ... The Weather Machine asks us to pause and marvel at ... one of humankind's greatest accomplishments * New Yorker * Revelatory ... convey[s] the technical brilliance and political significance of an achievement that hides in plain sight. The machine's complexity alone is off all familiar charts ... Blum does an excellent job * Telegraph * Sharp, stylish and often surprising. In this absorbing book Andrew Blum tracks the development, from wild dream to astonishing reality, of the quietly revolutionary technology that shapes our everyday lives -- PETER MOORE, author of The Weather Experiment Exhilarating ... a hurricane-force tour of one of the most astonishing but under-appreciated facets of the modern world -- LEWIS DARTNELL, author of Origins

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