All About Lightning

All About Lightning

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by Martin A. Uman
     
 

Does lightning strike twice in the same place? How does a lightning rod work? What is ball lightning? How many thunderstorms are in progress in the world at any one time? Why does lightning zigzag? What is St. Elmo's Fire?
These and many more often-asked questions about lightning are answered in this fascinating and informative guide for the layman, presented in

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Does lightning strike twice in the same place? How does a lightning rod work? What is ball lightning? How many thunderstorms are in progress in the world at any one time? Why does lightning zigzag? What is St. Elmo's Fire?
These and many more often-asked questions about lightning are answered in this fascinating and informative guide for the layman, presented in an easy-to-follow question-and-answer format. One of nature's most awesome phenomena, lightning has intrigued man since earliest times. In this book, a noted scientist and expert on lightning dispels many misconceptions while offering a wealth of scientific and technical information about the nature of lightning and its effects.
You'll discover how Benjamin Franklin proved that lightning was electrical, how to protect yourself from lightning, how to photograph lightning (it's not difficult), the possible relationship between ball lightning and UFOs, what to do for a person struck by lightning, the nature of sheet lightning, ribbon lightning, bead lightning and other variations, and much more. While the overall approach is nontechnical, Dr. U man has incorporated scientific data in the answers in such a way that laymen will find the book a near-painless introduction to current scientific knowledge about lightning.
Simple, well-drawn diagrams illuminate the text, along with a selection of spectacular lightning photographs, including a remarkable image of 5 lightning bolts produced by the explosion of the first thermonuclear device. In addition, each chapter contains a list of references cited in the text which suggest further reading for anyone interested in finding out more about earth's dazzling atmospheric fireworks.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486252377
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
01/01/1987
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.45(h) x 0.41(d)

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All About Lightning 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'All About Lightning' explains lightning phenomena very well. Most readers will have all of their questions about lightning answered. Within these pages we learn about lightning protection systems, about the relationship between thunder and lightning, about personal safety in a thunderstorm, and about the role played by lightning in the electrical balance of the atmosphere. There are eyewitness accounts of ball lightning and several spectacular photographs of lightning. This book would be an excellent resource for a child doing a science fair project on lightning. (A motivated high school student can probably read this book with good comprehension; a middle school pupil will probably need help from a parent in understanding this book.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Within my awareness, this is the best author on the phyiscs of lightning (voltage, current, charge, speed, event sequence, frequency of occurrence, length/width of channel, temperature, etc.). Related subjects such as injuries, death rate, damage, protection, thunderstorms, harnessing power, etc. are also discussed. The book could use updating with data acquired in the last 14 years (1986-2000). Book needs a supplement for more info on lightning protection. Another book by same author 'Lightning' is more narrow and more technical about the physics of lighning.