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Predicting the Weather: Victorians and the Science of Meteorology

Katharine Anderson


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 identity of ... More

Keywords: Victorian Britain, meteorological statistics, prediction, data collection, scientific authority, newspapers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780226019680
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226019703.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katharine Anderson, author