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Chapter 11Moving Forward for an Extraordinary Future

First, say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.

—Epictetus (2nd century A.D.)

It is difficult to imagine that before the 1800s, there weren’t standard names or classifications of clouds. Humans have always watched the skies, but it wasn’t until 1802 that amateur meteorologist Luke Howard classified and labeled cirrus, cumulus, and stratus clouds.1 His identification and naming conventions provided a foundation for scientists and the general population alike to categorize all clouds as a variety of three basic forms, disseminate knowledge about them, study them further, and apply the information to weather prediction. The language itself gave people a way to ...

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