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





ISBN 9780367785505
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
430 Pages

 
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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

List of figures



List of tables





Acknowledgements





List of abbreviations





Introduction



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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Biography

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.