Politics, Statistics and Weather Forecasting, 1840-1910: Taming the Weather, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Politics, Statistics and Weather Forecasting, 1840-1910

Taming the Weather, 1st Edition

By Aitor Anduaga


456 pages

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Hardback: 9780367244590
pub: 2019-08-13
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Weather forecasting is the most visible branch of meteorology and has its modern roots in the nineteenth century when scientists redefined meteorology in the way weather forecasts were made, developing maps of isobars, or lines of equal atmospheric pressure, as the main forecasting tool. This book is the history of how weather forecasting was moulded and modelled by the processes of nation-state building and statistics in the western world.

Table of Contents

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CHAPTER 1 - Pre-1850 conceptualizations of storms

CHAPTER 2 - Statistics and meteorology before 1854

CHAPTER 3 - The adoption of an Eulerian approach by state interests

CHAPTER 4 - The Lagrangian approach as a counterweight

CHAPTER 5 - The convergence between statistics and synoptic method

CHAPTER 6 - The hegemony of the Eulerian approach and the beginning of its end

CHAPTER 7 - Behind weather forecasting: National interests and the primacy of public service over research

CHAPTER 8 - Meteorological cartography

About the Author

Aitor Anduaga is Ikerbasque Research Professor (Ikerbasque: Basque Foundation for Science) at the Basque Museum of the History of Medicine and Science, University of the Basque Country.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Studies in the History of Science Technology and Medicine aims to stimulate research in the field, concentrating on the twentieth century. It seeks to contribute to our understanding of science, technology and medicine as they are embedded in society, exploring the links between the subjects on the one hand, and the cultural, economic, political and institutional contexts of their genesis and development on the other. Within this framework, and while not favouring any particular methodological approach, the series welcomes studies which examine relations between science, technology, medicine and society in new ways, e.g. the social construction of technologies, large technical systems.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
SCIENCE / Geophysics
SCIENCE / Physics
SCIENCE / Scientific Instruments