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Out of the Blue: A History of Lightning: Science, Superstition, and Amazing Stories of Survival

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The odds of being hit by lightning each year are only about 1 in 750,000 in the U.S. And yet this rare phenomenon has inspired both fear and fascination for thousands of years.

Herman Melville called it “Gods burning finger.” The ancient Romans feared it as the wrath of God. Today we have a more scientific understanding, so why our eternal fascination with lightning? Out of the Blue attempts to understand this towering force of nature, exploring the changing perceptions of lightning from the earliest civilizations through Benjamin Franklins revolutionary experiments to the hair-raising adventures of storm chasers like David Hoadley, whos been chronicling extreme weather for half a century.

Combining captivating fact with thrilling personal stories, Out of the Blue tells a remarkable true tale of fate and coincidence, science and superstition. It is a book for sports enthusiasts, outdoor adventurers, science and weather buffs, nature lovers, and anyone who has ever been awed or frightened by the sight of lightning.

About the Author

The Oscar-wining producer of the documentary Hotel Terminus, John S. Friedman has written for the New York Times and contributes regularly to The Nation. The editor of The Secret Histories, he lives in Sharon, Connecticut.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385341165
Author:
Friedman, John S.
Publisher:
Delta
Author:
Friedman, John
Subject:
General
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Meteorology & Climatology
Subject:
Weather
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Physics-Meteorology
Subject:
Science & Technology
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 BandW PHOTOS
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.24x5.50x.68 in. .47 lbs.

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Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Physics » Meteorology

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