Everyone talks about the weather, but how many really understand how it actually functions. How do temperature and pressure influence the planet’s weather systems? How is weather different from climate? Storm Dunlop (yes, that is his given name) takes up these and a number of other related questions in his new “Weather; A Very Short Introduction.”
When I recently called up the Very Short Introductions section of the Oxford University Press website to check if any interesting natural history themed volumes were visible on the horizon, I found myself quoting that iconic, charismatic leader of the O.W.C.A., Major Francis Monogram, in exclaiming “Good googly moogly!”
What with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a fight for its very existence, the recent publication of Pamela Hill’s “Environmental Protection” in the Oxford University Press What Everyone Needs to Know® series seems particularly timely indeed.
At the end of 2016, Oxford University Press’ brilliant Very Short Introductions series reached a milestone: the publication it’s five hundredth volume. Of course, such a series could not have a milestone such as this represented by just any random subject; which is why they cleverly chose Measurement to bear the distinctive “500” on its spine.