All About Lightning

All About Lightning

Highly readable and nontechnical, this illustrated survey explores the nature and causes of lightning. Topics include ball lightning, St. Elmo’s Fire, the workings of lightning rods, the effects of lightning on trees and buildings, the formation of thunderstorms, how to photograph lightning, and other fascinating subjects.

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5 Responses to “All About Lightning”

  • Bryce Tennant says:

    Review by Bryce Tennant for All About Lightning
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    I recommend this book to all who have any interest in natural science. I was personally surprised at how interesting of a read this book was. Ulman did well brining to “light” topics that have plagued me about lightning since my childhood. He also satiated my engineering taste for technical aspects of the electrical phenomena. Photographs and diagrams add well to the text and support the facts presented without overburdening the reader with too much information.

  • rareoopdvds says:

    Review by rareoopdvds for All About Lightning
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    Martin Umans book of, what I would call an intro to lightning (if there is such a thing). I dont claim to be a scientist or know much about the weather, however I found many of Umans boo fascinating as his writing was clear and easy to understand. Some of the technical aspects were a little above me, yet learning about the different kinds of lightning, what lightning does and what is typical to expect from lightning I found very…well….enlightening (sorry about the pun). I found it to be a fun book that was a delight to read.

  • Kenneth Friend says:

    Review by Kenneth Friend for All About Lightning
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    Within my awareness, this is the best author on the physics 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 16 years (1986-2002). An improvement to the book could be more info on lightning protection. Another book by Uman, ‘Lightning’, is less general and more technical about the physics of lightning.

  • Anonymous says:

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    Clear, concise, entertaining. Uman takes on the 50 most common questions about lightning and gives explanations in plain English. It’s rather like a whiteboard conversation with a skilled teacher. Backed up by his vastly more technical monograph (published separately, more a 1st year graduate student book) Uman can give you new eyes for an everyday experience. This is a quick read and an excellent choice for introducing young adults into science

  • Tammy R. Neys says:

    Review by Tammy R. Neys for All About Lightning
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    it was a good present for my uncle who has been struck by lightning.

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