Predicting the Weather
Victorians and the Science of Meteorology
Studying meteorology as a means to examine the historical identity of prediction, Katharine Anderson offers here an engrossing account of forecasting that analyzes scientific practice and ideas about evidence, the organization of science in public life, and the articulation of scientific values in Victorian culture. In Predicting the Weather, Anderson grapples with fundamental questions about the function, intelligibility, and boundaries of scientific work while exposing the public expectations that shaped the practice of science during this period.
A cogent analysis of the remarkable history of weather forecasting in Victorian Britain, Predicting the Weather will be essential reading for scholars interested in the public dimensions of science.
Introduction: A Science of the Weather
1. Prediction, Prophecy, and Scientific Culture
2. Weather Prophets and the Victorian Almanac
3. Weather in a Public Office
4. Precision and a Science of Probabilities
5. Maps, Instruments, and Weather Wisdom
6. Science, State, and Empire