By Blum, Andrew
The Weather Machine is about a mirror world, and the people who invented it, that allows us to see into the future. When Superstorm Sandy hit North America, weather scientists had accurately predicted its arrival a full eight days beforehand. Their ability to do so is unprecedent...ed in human history and draws on nearly every major invention of the last two centuries: Newtonian physics, telecommunications, spaceflight and super-computing. In this gripping investigation, Andrew Blum takes us on a global journey to explain this miraculous-seeming feat - from satellites several miles above the Earth's surface, to ocean buoys thousands of miles from land, through some of the most ingenious minds and advanced algorithms at work today. Our destination: the simulated models they have constructed of our planet, which spin faster than time, turning chaos into science, offering glimpses of our future with eery precision. This collaborative invention spans the Earth and relies on continuous refinement and diplomatic co-operation between all nations. As extreme weather events become more frequent, many of us may come to depend on its survival for our own.Read more
Andrew Blum is the author of Tubes- Behind the Scenes at the Internet, described as 'utterly engrossing ... the year's most stimulating and original travel book' (Independent) and a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. He writes about infrastructure, architecture, design, technology, urbanism, art, and travel. Since 1999, his articles and essays have appeared in Wired, Popular Science, Metropolis, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, New Yorker and many more publications. He has degrees in literature from Amherst College and in human geography from the University of Toronto, and lives in his native New York City.
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