Setting, substance and scrutiny of FitzRoy 's Weather Book

Davies, Huw C.

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A century and a half has elapsed since the publication of Robert FitzRoy’s Weather Book (1863). The book, with weather forecasting as its central unifying theme, is a veritable landmark in the history of meteorology. It not only introduced the term ‘forecast’, but also set out the rudiments of the first weather forecasting procedure to be adopted by a national meteorological institution. [...] Subsequent events rendered the Weather Book FitzRoy’s last notable achievement in a lifetime of commitment to naval and public service. The book, despite its landmark character, did not meet with acclaim and approval but rather was heavily criticised, and thereafter it has often been overlooked. This article notes the nature of the setting for science in the early 1860s and FitzRoy’s place within that milieu, provides a résumé of the book, and finally refers to and comments upon the reaction to the book. (extrait de l'introduction)

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