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192 pg

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Through the use of true stories of exploration, Why the Wind Blows looks at how these adventures were influenced by the weather and man’s ignorance of its consequences. The science of meteorology is gently interspersed throughout the text, so that understanding weather becomes an integral part of the stories. Concluding with the influence of modern civilization on the changing climate and its world-altering consequences, the author challenges the reader to take action now to alter the effects of global warming on future generations.


Mathys Levy
Author Bio

Matthys P. Levy is author or co-author of several books, including Why Buildings Fall Down, Structural Design in Architecture, Why the Earth Quakes, Earthquake Games, and Engineering the City.

He is a founding Principal and Chairman Emeritus of Weidlinger Associates, Consulting Engineers. Born in Switzerland and a graduate of the City College of New York, Mr. Levy received his MS and CE degrees from Columbia University. He has taught at Columbia University and Pratt Institute and lectured at universities throughout the world.

He is the inventor of the Tenstar Dome structure, a unique tensegrity cable dome used to cover large spaces with minimal obstruction, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.  For additional information about Matthys Levy, please visit his website at

Table of contents





1.      Imported From Siberia—Meteorology and the Origins of Weather

2.      The Currents Of Patagonia—Magellan’s 38-day Adventure

3.      Force Ten—The Sunken Treasures of the Buccaneers

4.      Hurricane Strength—No Region is Immune

5.      Dorothy’s Whirlwind—Great Plains Tornadoes and Cyclones

6.      The Last Great Adventure—Transglobal Balloon Flight

7.      Transformations—Clouds Shed Tears

8.      Conquering the Top of the World—Snow, Blizzards and Avalanches

9.      The Unsinkable Titanic—Ripped Open by an Iceberg

10.  Monsoon and Other Big Winds—Death and Renewal

11.  The Cradle of Civilization—Floods Enrich the Nile Valley

12.  The Modern Floods—The Missouri and the Mississippi

13.  El Niño—The Mysterious Current

14.  Our Changing Climate—Global Warming and our Altered Future

A. The Power Of Wind
B. The Power Of Water

Review Quote - Bill McKibben, Environmentalist and Founder of

“This is a straightforward, fascinating and powerful users guide to the planet, one that leaves us no doubt we need to make some pretty serious changes in our standard operating procedures, and pronto.”

Review Quote - Civil Engineering magazine

“Fun, informative, and, ultimately, gripping, Why the Wind Blows is a welcome addition to the growing voice for action on global warming.”

Review Quote - Rachel Lapidow, The Burlington Free Press

“If you still believe that weather is something that can be summarized on the back page of the first section of the newspaper, I suggest that you pick up a copy of Matthys Levy’s book.”

Review Quote - Dr. Alan K. Betts Atmospheric Research

“It is a useful and interesting book for a general audience; and clearly written.”

Review Quote - Dr. Gary F. Bennett, Journal of Hazardous Materials

“I recommend that all scientists read this book. It is a sobering look at the impact of society on nature.”