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Predicting the Weather Victorians and the Science of Meteorology

Author: Katharine Anderson
Publisher: Chicago, IL University of Chicago Press 2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Victorian Britain, with its maritime economy and strong links between government and scientific enterprises, founded an office to collect meteorological statistics in 1854 in an effort to foster a modern science of the weather. But as the office turned to prediction rather than data collection, the fragile science became a public spectacle, with its forecasts open to daily scrutiny in the newspapers. And meteorology  Read more...
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Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Katharine Anderson
ISBN: 9780226019680 0226019683 9780226019703 0226019705
OCLC Number: 1020174145
Description: 1 online resource (342 Seiten)

Abstract:

Victorian Britain, with its maritime economy and strong links between government and scientific enterprises, founded an office to collect meteorological statistics in 1854 in an effort to foster a modern science of the weather. But as the office turned to prediction rather than data collection, the fragile science became a public spectacle, with its forecasts open to daily scrutiny in the newspapers. And meteorology came to assume a pivotal role in debates about the responsibility of scientists and the authority of science. Studying meteorology as a means to examine the historical ...

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