The end of classical meteorology, c. 1800

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    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. © The Geological Society of London 2006.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGeological Society Special Publication|Geol. Soc. Spec. Publ.
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherGeological Society
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


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