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The end of classical meteorology, c. 1800

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Vladimir Jankovic
Vladimir Jankovic
Centre for the History of Science, Technology & Medicine and Wellcome Unit, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK (e-mail: vladimir.jankovic@manchester.ac.uk)
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Published:
January 01, 2006

Abstract

The article argues that the classical (Aristotelian) understanding of meteorology underwent a profound change by the late 18th century. As a result of a series of empirical, theoretical, methodological and institutional changes in the European earth sciences, meteorology ceased to be understood as a natural philosophy of ‘meteors’ and was more closely associated with the laws of the gaseous atmosphere. This shift had a direct effect on how one understood the origins of ‘meteors’ and their relationship with the phenomena of the weather.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

The History of Meteoritics and Key Meteorite Collections: Fireballs, Falls and Finds

G.J.H. McCall
G.J.H. McCall
National Museums Liverpool, UK
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A.J. Bowden
A.J. Bowden
National Museums Liverpool, UK
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R.J. Howarth
R.J. Howarth
University College London, UK
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Geological Society of London
Volume
256
ISBN electronic:
9781862395046
Publication date:
January 01, 2006

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