The Cloudspotter's Guide: The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds

The Cloudspotter's Guide: The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds

by Gavin Pretor-Pinney


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Now in paperback: the runaway British bestseller that has cloudspotters everywhere looking up.

Where do clouds come from? Why do they look the way they do? And why have they captured the imagination of timeless artists, Romantic poets, and every kid who's ever held a crayon? Veteran journalist and lifelong sky watcher Gavin Pretor-Pinney reveals everything there is to know about clouds, from history and science to art and pop culture. Cumulus, nimbostratus, and the dramatic and surfable Morning Glory cloud are just a few of the varieties explored in this smart, witty, and eclectic tour through the skies.

Illustrated with striking photographs (including a new section in full-color) and line drawings featuring everything from classical paintings to lava lamps, The Cloudspotter's Guide will have enthusiasts, weather watchers, and the just plain curious floating on cloud nine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399533457
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/05/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 175,803
Product dimensions: 7.76(w) x 5.04(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

Gavin Pretor-Pinney is a renowned journalist and cofounder of The Idler magazine in England. A former science nerd and a graduate of Oxford University, he has been obsessed with clouds since childhood. His writing has appeared in The Telegraph, Evening Standard and elsewhere. Based in London and Somerset, Gavin is the founder and chair of The Cloud Appreciation Society. Visit their website at

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Cloudspotter's Guide: The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Megan08m on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Cloud Spotter¿s Guide by Gavin Pretor-Pinney is a great book in on the science and history of clouds. The book goes into great detail about the different types of clouds and the various species inside those types. The book goes on to tell the reader which clouds produce rain or tropical rain storms and which ones are pretty harmless. It gives in great detail what you will see with what type of cloud, which is very helpful in identifying the different clouds. The book goes on to give the history behind each cloud and what different religious groups believed about the various types of clouds. The author of this book is the founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society.
zojo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Everywhere I go now I have one eye on the sky. My partner laughs at me taking pictures of interesting formations. I can't help it! This book is informative yet amusing. It isn't a text book but rather a selection of facts and figures, science and anecdotes, pictures and history all in equal measure. I loved it and would highly recommend it!
Pool_Boy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Only sometimes hard to read, this book was fascinating and has had me looking skywards ever since.
mary414 More than 1 year ago
The most international hobby one can have must be cloud spotting. Every one who has a digital camera can do this hobby daily without spilling paint or canvas. A must have for people who like to look up.