Intimate Universality
Local and Global Themes in the History of Weather and Climate

James Rodger Fleming, Vladimir Jankovic and Deborah R. Coen, Editors

2006, xx + 264 pp,. illustrated, ISBN 0-88135-367-1, $39.95

Intimate Universality

Reviews

“…a new synthesis in this field is inevitably still some way off, and in the meantime this collection indicates the kinds of inquiry that the history of meteorology might profitably pursue.”—Isis, 98: 4 (2007)

“ …Erudite and well researched, a valuable addition to the growing canon of historical and philosophical studies of science, technology, and society. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels. “— CHOICE, July 2007

“ The essays in this book, from eight of the leading historians of weather and climate, illuminate the hopes and struggles of researchers and practitioners from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries, across a diverse set of issues…”—Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, January 2007

“…traces the history of meteorology and how its strategies, methodology and findings have mirrored and influenced human attempts to understand and control phenomenon on a world-wide basis. College-level students receive essays from eight leading historians of weather and climate, making for a top pick for college holdings strong in science in general and climate history in particular.” California Bookwatch

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments, Preface, Introduction

Intimate Climates, from Skins to Streets, Soirées to Societies
VLADIMIR JANKOVIC

A Shift of View: Meteorology in John Herschel’s Terrestrial Physics
GREGORY A. GOOD

Mapping Meteorology
KATHARINE ANDERSON

Fog, Dust and Rising Air: Understanding Cloud Formation, Cloud Chambers, and the Role of Meteorology in Cambridge Physics in the Late 19th Century
RICHARD STALEY

Scaling Down: The “Austrian” Climate between Empire and Republic
DEBORAH R. COEN

Teaching the Weather Cadet Generation: Aviation, Pedagogy and Aspirations to a Universal Meteorology in America, 1920–1950
ROGER TURNER

The Struggle over Airways in the Americas, 1919–1945: Atmospheric Science, Aviation Technology, and Neocolonialism
GREGORY T . CUSHMAN

Global Climate Change and Human Agency: Inadvertent Influence and “Archimedean” Interventions
JAMES RODGER FLEMING

Notes on Contributors, Index of Names

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