Out of the Blue: A History of Lightning: Science, Superstition, and Amazing Stories of Survival

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Dell Publishing Company, 2009 - Science - 290 pages
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The odds of being hit by lightning each year are only about 1 in 750,000 in the U.S. And yet this rare phenomenon has inspired both fear and fascination for thousands of years.

Herman Melville called it “God’s burning finger.” The ancient Romans feared it as the wrath of God. Today we have a more scientific understanding, so why our eternal fascination with lightning? Out of the Blue attempts to understand this towering force of nature, exploring the changing perceptions of lightning from the earliest civilizations through Benjamin Franklin’s revolutionary experiments to the hair-raising adventures of storm chasers like David Hoadley, who’s been chronicling extreme weather for half a century.

Combining captivating fact with thrilling personal stories, Out of the Blue tells a remarkable true tale of fate and coincidence, science and superstition. It is a book for sports enthusiasts, outdoor adventurers, science and weather buffs, nature lovers, and anyone who has ever been awed or frightened by the sight of lightning.
 

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What a compilation of horror stories. So hard to believe that they are real. Great writing by Dr. Friedman and so surreal it makes me think and fee like I am right there with the people he has written about! Thank you for sharing and bringing this information to the public.
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Contents

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STOR 1 QHASER
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THE ODD COUPLE
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OTF S
259
INDEX
279
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About the author (2009)

The producer of the Oscar-winning documentary Hotel Terminus, John S. Friedman has written for the New York Times and other publications, and contributes regularly to The Nation. The editor of The Secret Histories, he lives in Connecticut.


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