Politics, Statistics and Weather Forecasting, 1840-1910
Taming the Weather
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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List of abbreviations
CHAPTER 1 - Pre-1850 conceptualizations of storms
CHAPTER 2 - Meteorology and statistics 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
Aitor Anduaga is an Ikerbasque Research Professor (Ikerbasque: Basque Foundation for Science) at the Basque Museum of the History of Medicine and Science, University of the Basque Country.