molecules, with shorter wavelengths more so than ferent gourmet restaurants and sampling each chef's longer wavelengths. The assortment of scattered wave- specialty of the evening. Depending on your taste, you lengths of visible light enters our eyes and then our will rave about some of the food. You probably will brains integrate and interpret the assortment. not enjoy other types of food quite as much, but, by As a child, we learned to call this brain-integrated the end of the tour, you will feel pleasantly full and assortment of visible wavelengths "blue." So skylight satisfied.—Lee Grenci. is not blue in an objective sense. Indeed, there is no Lee Grenci is an instructor of meteorology at Penn- unique relationship between a perceived color and the visible spectrum of light that evokes it. The author's sylvania State University and also a member of the equating of wavelength with specific color is a com- Penn State Weather Communications Group, whose mon mistake made in the science-writing industry. three-pronged mission includes teaching, research, On page 55, the scientifically heretical inference and public service. The group creates and writes the that vertical variations in temperature exclusively daily weather page for the New York Times and pro- "cause our weather" ignores the much more prominent duces Weather World, a 14-minute weekday program role of horizontal contrasts between the warm Trop- aired on public television. He is also a contributing ics and cold poles. editor for Weatherwise magazine and has coauthored Putting bad science aside (and that's difficult for me a nontraditional textbook, A World of Weather: Fun- to do), I genuinely liked Soul of the Sky. If you buy damentals of Meteorology. • the book, reading it will be like taking a tour of 22 dif- The Mount Washington Observatory, P.O. Box 2310, North Conway, NH 03860; Telephone: 202-974-5002 Brooks/Cole Publishing, 511 Forest Lodge Rd„ Pacific Grove, CA 93950-5098; Telephone: 831-333-3829 Cambridge University Press, 40 W. 20th St., New York, NY 10011; Telephone: 800-872-7423 Kluwer Academic Press, 101 Philip Dr., Norwell, MA 02061; Telephone: 617-871-6600 University Press of New England, 23 S. Main Street, Hanover, NH 03755-2055; Telephone: 800-421-1561 Science Edition, Hechelstrasse 8, D-28777, Bremen-Roennebeck, Germany Walker and Company, Marketing Department, 435 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014 2098 Vol. 8 7, No. 9, September 2000
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