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Author Lawrence-Mathers, Anne, 1953- author
Title Medieval meteorology : forecasting the weather from Aristotle to the almanac / Anne Lawrence-Mathers, University of Reading
Imprint Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2020
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  QC855 L422 2020    AVAILABLE    30530001348846
Descript ix, 228 pages ; 24 cm
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Note "The practice of weather forecasting underwent a crucial transformation in the Middle Ages. Exploring how scientifically based meteorology spread and flourished from ca. 700 to ca. 1600, this study reveals the dramatic changes in forecasting and how the new science of 'astrometeorology' developed. Both narrower and more practical in its approach than earlier forms of meteorology, this new science claimed to deliver weather forecasts for months and even years ahead, on the premise that weather is caused by the atmospheric effects of the planets and stars, and mediated by local and seasonal climatic conditions. Anne Lawrence-Mathers explores how these forecasts were made and explains the growing practice of recording actual weather. These records were used to support forecasting practices, and their popularity grew from the fourteenth century onwards. Essential reading for anyone interested in medieval science, Medieval Meteorology demonstrates that the roots of scientific forecasting are much deeper than is usually recognized"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references and index
Introduction: Ancient Meteorology and the Transition to the Middle Ages -- 1. Recreating Meteorology in the Early Middle Ages: Isidore and Bede -- 2. Meteorology, Weather Forecasting and the Early Medieval Renaissance of Astronomy -- 3. Exploratory Encounters with the Work of Arab Astronomers and Meteorologists -- 4. Meteorology, the New Science of the Stars and the Rise of Weather Forecasting -- 5. The Contested Rise of Astrometeorology -- 6. Applying the Science of Astrometeorology -- 7. Astrometeorology and Mechanisation -- 8. Weather Forecasting and the Impact of Print -- Conclusion: The Afterlife of Medieval Meteorology
Subject Meteorology -- History -- To 1500
Meteorology -- History -- 16th century
Weather forecasting -- History -- To 1500
Weather forecasting -- History -- 16th century
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