Reading for a Cloudy Day


At Brain Pickings, Maria Popova muses on Richard Hamblyn’s The Invention of Clouds: How an Amateur Meteorologist Forged the Language of the Skies, which details the true story of Luke Howard, a 19th century English meteorologist whose work was admired by German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Aside from chronicling the unlikely friendship between a scientist and the poet, “How Howard developed his sensitive soul and how it sprouted his trailblazing scientific contribution is what Hamblyn explores [in this] beautifully written, rigorously researched, wholly fascinating [book],” Popova writes.

Stephanie Bento is a writer, classical cellist, and photographer living in Washington, DC. In her writing, she is interested in exploring the musicality of sound and form, and our connection to time and place. Find out more about her creative work at, or say hello/bonjour on Twitter @saudadebelle. More from this author →