Calculating the Weather
Meteorology in the 20th CenturyBy
- Frederik Nebeker
Meteorologists; atmospheric scientists; historians of science; earth scientists; and mathematicians working in the areas of computational math and math history.
Hardbound, 255 Pages
Published: May 1995
Imprint: Academic Press
The book is well written and pleasant to read and includes about 450 references and a good index... Readers interested in the early history of numerical forecasting will find it a useful summary.
There is an extensive set of notes that accompanies the chapters, references, and an extremely 'friendly index that unerringly points the reader to the correct page by subject and/or person. I was unable to find any typographical errors. I also compared quotations in the text with source material and found the author to be absolutely accurate in working and location. This accuracy and attention to detail breeds confidence in the material presented. Tracking quantitative meterology over the 100-year span (1850-1950) is admirably accomplished by Nebeker. I was especially pleased with his discussion of the early work in predictability that generously quotes from the research papers of George Platzman and Philip Thompson....Via the avenue of stimulation and through an abundance of historically accurate accounts, Nebeker has added an important contribution to the recent history of meterology.
--BULLETIN OF AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY
"This book surveys the progress of numerical methods in meteorology over the course of the 20th century. The author takes care to explain most tehcnical concepts...the book reads well and offers convincing suggestions of the ways in which institutional and military factors directed meteorology toward computional approaches. CALCULATING THE WEATHER is a welcome addition to a field still largely neglected by historians of science."
--Theodore S. Feldman, TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE.