Virtual Event: Simon Clark
The Hidden Science of Weather,
Climate Change and the Air That Surrounds Us
in conversation with JORDAN HARROD
February 8, 2023
5:00 PM ET
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Harvard Book Store, the Harvard University Division of Science, and the Harvard Library welcome videomaker and science communicator SIMON CLARK for a discussion of his new book Firmament: The Hidden Science of Weather, Climate Change and the Air That Surrounds Us. He will be joined in conversation by JORDAN HARROD—Ph.D. Candidate in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics at the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program.
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In Firmament, atmospheric scientist and science communicator Simon Clark offers a rare and accessible tour of the ins and outs of the atmosphere and how we know what we know about it. From the workings of its different layers to why carbon dioxide is special, from pioneers like Pascal to the unsung heroes working in the field to help us understand climate change, Firmament introduces us to an oft-overlooked area of science and not only lays the ground work for us to better understand the debates surrounding the climate today, but also provides a glimpse of the future that is possible with this knowledge in hand.
Praise for Firmament
"An engaging account of something essential to life on Earth yet barely understood by most people: the atmosphere. If you don't know your stratosphere from your troposphere, you will after reading this lively history . . . all the more powerful thanks to a final chapter that explains how this complex system is changing, and what that means for the future of humanity." —Financial Times
"The author's enthusiasm shines through every page of this captivating guide to our unpredictable weather... He serves up high drama in balloons, deep ice drilling in the Antarctic, and through it all draws out the patterns in our seemingly chaotic weather - and the science behind them - with clarity and verve." —Sunday Times
"Simon Clark writes with a lightness and enthusiasm that ensures that what goes on above us doesn't go over our heads." —Irish Independent
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