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Politics, Statistics and Weather Forecasting, 1840-1910
Taming the Weather

ISBN 9780367244590
Published July 17, 2019 by Routledge
430 Pages

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Book Description

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

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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.