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The D-day landings--the fate of 2.5 million men, three thousand landing craft and the entire future of Europe depend on the right weather conditions on the English Channel on a single day. A team of Allied scientists is charged with agreeing on an accurate forecast five days in advance. But is it even possible to predict the weather so far ahead? And what is the relationship between predictability and turbulence, one of the last great mysteries of modern physics?

Wallace Ryman has devised a system that comprehends all of this--but he is a reclusive pacifist who stubbornly refuses to divulge his secrets. Henry Meadows, a young math prodigy from the Met Office, is sent to Scotland to uncover Ryman's system and apply it to the Normandy landings. But turbulence proves more elusive than anyone could have imagined. When Henry meets Gill, Ryman's beautiful wife, events, like the weather, begin to spiral out of control.

From Giles Foden, prizewinning author of The Last King of Scotland, a gripping blend of fact and fiction in a novel about how human beings deal with uncertainty.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307592774
Branch Call Number: HIS Foden
Characteristics: 315 p. ; 25 cm.


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cayuga60 Mar 12, 2011

Historical fiction based on forecasting the weather for the D-Day invasion. A bit detailed on weather and physics, but never-the-less well worth the read.

Nwagner Jan 21, 2011

Atmospheric coming of age story which describes the interesting role of weather in orchestrating war plans.
Not for everyone as I have found out!


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