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Eric Sloane's Weather Book, Eric Sloane


1 Eric Sloane's Weather Book
Eric Sloane
96 pages, 8 1/4 x 11, Dover Publications
Features 135 of Sloane's illustrations depicting weather lore and demonstrating weather forecasting principles
Sloane instructs readers how to glean climate information by "reading" such natural phenomena as winds, skies, or animal sounds. A beautifully illustrated and practical treasure trove of enlightening lore for outdoorsmen, farmers, sailors, and anyone who's ever wondered whether to take an umbrella when they leave the house.
Republication of the New York and Boston, 1952 edition.

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"This book offers the clearest and most accessible information on understanding and predicting the weather."--Tim Smith, Master Guide and Wilderness Survival Instructor
443574 
Price: 9.95 USD

 
Meteorology in America, 1800-1870, James Rodger Fleming


2 Meteorology in America, 1800-1870
James Rodger Fleming
288 pages, 42 maps and line drawings, paperback, Johns Hopkins University Press
Between 1800 and 1870 meteorology emerged as both a legitimate science and a government service in America. Challenging the widely held assumption that meteorologists were mere "data-gatherers" and that U.S. scientists were inferior to their European counterparts, James Rodger Fleming shows how the 1840s debate over the nature and causes of storms led to a "meteorological crusade" that would transform both theory and practice. Centrally located administrators organized hundreds of widely dispersed volunteer and military observers into systematic projects that covered the entire nation. Theorists then used these systems to "observe" weather patterns over large areas, making possible for the first time the compilation of accurate weather charts and maps.
When in 1870 Congress created a federal storm-warning service under the U.S. Army Signal Office, the era of amateur scientists, volunteer observers, and adhoc organizations came to an end. But the gains had been significant, including advances in natural history and medical geography, and in understanding the general circulation of the earth's atmosphere

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James Rodger Fleming is an associate professor and director of the Science, Technology and Society Program at Colby College. He has been a research meteorologist, a Smithsonian Fellow, and a historical consultant to the American Meteorological Society.

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"Detailed and handsomely illustrated, this work is an original contribution to the history of 19th-century science."--American Historical Review

"It is surprising that the history of meteorology in the United States has waited so long for a serious historical analysis . . . American historians, especially those with little previous understanding of American science, need to read this book."--Gregory A. Good, Journal of American History

"Fleming's important contribution to our understanding of science during its formative period in America is to show the extent to which meteorology was shaped by cultural values."--Bruce Sinclair, Science

"Fleming's well-documented book is based on an impressive list of primary sources. Particularly useful are the numerous maps, illustrations, and graphic representations that document the constructs of data and theory as these changed over time."--Sally Gregory Kohlstedt, Journal of the Early Republic

"A welcome addition that fills one of the major gaps in the existing literature on the history of meteorology."--Stanley David Gedzelman, American Scientist
863597 
Price: 27.00 USD

 


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