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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 ...

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Overview

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: 1/1/1987
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

CHAPTER ONE
  Why did Benjamin Franklin fly the kite?
CHAPTER TWO
  How does a lightning rod work?
CHAPTER THREE
  How many people are killed by lightning each year?
  What should I do if caught outdoors in a thunderstorm?
  Is it safe to talk on the telephone during a thunderstorm?
  Should I unplug radios and TVs?
  How can I help someone struck by lightning?
CHAPTER FOUR
  Am I safe from lightning in an airplane? In a car?
CHAPTER FIVE
  How does lightning damage trees and building?
CHAPTER SIX
  "Does lightning "never strike twice?"
  Does it always strike the tallest object?
CHAPTER SEVEN
  How are thunderstorms formed?
  Are there locations with no lightning?
  How many thunderstorms are in progress in the world at one time?
CHAPTER EIGHT
  Does cloud lightning differ from cloud-to-ground lightning? Which is more common?
  Does lightning occur only in thunderstorms?
CHAPTER NINE
  Does a stroke between cloud and ground travel upwards or downwards?
CHAPTER TEN
  How long and how wide is the lightning channel?
  Why is lightning zig-zag?
  How can I best photograph lightning?
CHAPTER ELEVEN
  How hot is lightning?
CHAPTER TWELVE
  How is thunder generated?
  How can it be used to measure the distance and length of the lightning channel?
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
  Does lightning occur without thunder? Thunder without lightning?
  What is heat lightning? Sheet lightning?
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
  Do gushes of rain follow thunder?
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
  What is ball lightning?
  Are UFOs and ball lightning related?
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
  What is ribbon lightning? Bead lightning?
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
  Has lightning any practical use?
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
  What would happen if lightning were eliminated?
INDEX
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2004

    Lightning: Science and Personal Safety

    '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.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2000

    Best book to learn about lighning and related subjects

    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.

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