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How Dangerous Is Lightning? (Dover Science Books)

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Lightning strikes somewhere on the surface of the earth about 100 times every second, and current observations indicate a significant increase in activity in the coming years. This illustrated survey explores the history of lightning, from ancient to modern times.  

Mythology and observations of lightning damage constituted the extent of lightning history until the Enlightenment period, when Benjamin Franklin, Thomas-François Dalibard, and others began applying a scientific approach. Detailed studies began at the dawn of the twentieth century, with the advent of modern instrumentation. This volume presents up-to-date views of thunderstorm clouds, lightning phenomenology and parameters, spatial distribution of lightning activity, and the global electric circuit. It explores the physical effects of lightning as well as secondary effects, lightning protection, and new frontiers in the understanding of lightning. An information-based study, this book is appropriate for classroom use as well as for popular science readers of all ages.

Synopsis:

This highly readable survey explores the history of lightning, from ancient myth to modern times. Topics include sources of lightning, physical effects, protection of structures and power lines, and current research. 2006 edition.

Synopsis:

This highly readable survey explores the history of lightning, from ancient myth to modern times. Topics include sources of lightning, physical effects, protection of structures and power lines, and current research. 2006 edition.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I. Is Lightning Still Mysterious?
1. Mythology of Lightning
   Beneficial or Harmful?
   Ancient Mythology
   Classical Mythology
   Vedic Mythology
   From Viking to Gallic Mythology
   Protecting Saints
   American Mythology
   African Mythology
   Asian and Oceanian Mythology
   All Over the World
2. Historical Overview
   Ancient Civilizations
   From the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment
   Franklin or Dalibard?
   The Saint-Omer Trial
   Modern Era
Part II. What Does Science Tell Us?
3. What Is the Source of Lightning?
   Characteristics of Cumulonimbus
   Regions of Earth's Atmosphere
   Evolution of a Thundercloud
   Electric Charge Distribution
   Classification of Lightning Discharges
   Electric Field Change at the Ground
4. Cloud-to-Ground Flashes
   General Information
   Classification of Cloud-to-Ground Flashes
   Cloud-to-Ground Flash Phenomenology: Flat Ground
   Cloud-to-Ground Flash Phenomenology: Tall Towers
   Lightning Current Parameters
   The Global Electric Circuit
5. Where Does Lightning Strike?
   Lightning Incidence, Detection, and Mapping
   Can We Artificially Initiate Lightning?
   Does Lightning Exist on Other Planets?
Part III. Lightning Effects
6. Physical Effects
   Electrical Effects
   Electrodynamical Effects
   Acoustic Effects
   Thermal Effects
   Electromagnetic Effects
   Electrochemical Effects
   Lightning Effects on Humans and Animals
7. Secondary Effects and Lightning Damage
   Side Flashes
   Induced Discharges
   Step Voltages
   Touch Voltages
   Basic Safety Rules
   Damage Due to Lightning!
Part IV. Lightning Protection
8. Lightning Attachment and Structural Protection
   The Attachment Process
   The Electrogeometric Model
   Lightning Protection of Buildings and Other Structures
9. Beyond Structural Protection
   Internal Protection
   When Do You Have to Protect Yourself Against Lightning?
   Lightning Protection of High-Voltage Transmission Lines
Part V. Concluding Remarks
10. New Frontiers
   Elves, Sprites, and Blue Jets
   Laboratory Discharges Compared with Natural Lightning
   Research in Progress
   Lightning and Climate Change
   How Dangerous Is Lightning?
Appendix. Electical Discharges in the Laboratory
   Electrical Breakdown
   Streamer Theory
   Electrical Discharge in a Non-uniform Field
   Space Charge Effects
   Long Sparks
Glossary
 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486477046
Author:
Bouquegneau, Christian
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Rakov, Vladimir
Subject:
General
Subject:
Lightning
Subject:
Atmospheric electricity
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Meteorology & Climatology
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Thunderstorm clouds
Subject:
Extreme weather
Subject:
Physics-Meteorology
Subject:
Meteorology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.41 lb

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This highly readable survey explores the history of lightning, from ancient myth to modern times. Topics include sources of lightning, physical effects, protection of structures and power lines, and current research. 2006 edition.
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This highly readable survey explores the history of lightning, from ancient myth to modern times. Topics include sources of lightning, physical effects, protection of structures and power lines, and current research. 2006 edition.
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