Essentials of Meteorology (with CengageNOW Printed Access Card) Paperback – Jan 31 2007
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C. Donald Ahrens is Emeritus Professor at Modesto Junior College and the author of two best-selling textbooks for Cengage Learning. The Textbook and Academic Authors Association awarded Professor Ahrens its 2009 McGuffey Longevity Award in the physical science category for his market-leading text METEOROLOGY TODAY, 9e. Dr. Ahrens has influenced not only professionals in the field of atmospheric science, but has brought better understanding of the science to hundreds of thousands of non-atmospheric science majors who used his books to expand their knowledge of weather and climate. In 2007, the National Weather Association awarded Professor Ahrens a lifetime achievement award for these accomplishments.
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And while it explains things well enough, in the beginning chapters, there are a few theories of the origins of the Earth as we know it that leave me questioning whether the author really believed that was all there was to it. I'm not religious, so this has nothing to do with that. I just can't help but feel that the author left out some serious information that made the theories make any sort of sense.
Regardless, I'll leave that part up to you to decide. I still like the layout of this book a lot better than any others I've had since middle school. Too much text on a page is still too much, I don't care how much paper you're saving. The text size difference is very subtle but it makes a huge difference to me, and for that I'm grateful.
Ahrens manages to present a scientific subject in an interesting and understandable manner. And what really makes this textbook special is the abundance of charts and illustrated explanations, plus photos, trivia, and weather stories interspersed liberally throughout the text. The illustrations and charts make the material easier to understand, and the photos, stories, and trivia helped keep me interested even when the science got tedious.
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