Defining The Wind

Defining the Wind: Host Melinda Penkava talks with Scott Huler, author of “Defining the Wind: The Beaufort Scale, and how a 19th-century admiral turned science into poetry” (Crown/2004). The Beaufort Scale was invented as a method of measuring the force of wind using only human observation. Huler discovered the scale in a dictionary while he was working as a copy editor in New Jersey. He fell in love with its spare poetry. Today, the Beaufort Scale is rarely used. We also hear from Bob Leker, Renewable Energy Program Manager at the State Energy Office, about how he measures the wind for wind farms. Listener Call-In. (53:00)

Summer Camp Cheers: WUNC’s Leoneda Inge introduces the sounds of her six-year old son and the raucous cheers he learned at summer camp. (4:00)

Summer Reading Series: Paul Jones, faculty member at UNC-Chapel Hill, tells us what he is reading this summer. His list includes Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig, Eastern Standard Tribe by Cory Doctorow, and Mind Wide Open by Steven Johnson. (2:00)

Originally broadcast on August 17, 2004

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