The Weather Experiment by Peter Moore is a fascinating account of the 19th-century explorers who looked into the skies and sought to turn the study of weather into a science.
‘Recording weather data day in, day out’, writes Patricia Fara, the acclaimed historian of science, in the latest issue of Literary Review, ‘must feel like just one damned temperature reading after another. Yet Moore has skilfully converted decades of routine monotony into a gripping tale of derring-do.’ From the 1814 London Beer Flood to apocalyptic great storms, The Weather Experiment is filled with anecdotes and wonders recorded by early meteorological pioneers and data gatherers who sought to predict accurately what the skies held.
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