BOOK REVIEWS The downloaded PDF for any Review in this section contains all the Reviews in this section. Craig F. Bohren, Editor Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802; mailing address: P.O. Box 887, Boalsburg, PA 16827; firstname.lastname@example.org Inventing Atmospheric Science: Bjerknes, Rossby, somewhat dogmatic character, with strong convictions about Wexler, and the Foundations of Modern Meteorology. the dynamics behind the weather. James Rodger Fleming. 306 pp. MIT Press, The next actor to take center stage is one of Bjerknes’ Cambridge, MA, 2017. Price: $31 (hardcover). ISBN many famous proteges, Rossby, known commonly to scien- 978-0-262-03394-7. (Sharanya J. Majumdar, Reviewer.) tists and students in atmospheric science as a number, a radius of deformation, and a wave. Fleming takes us far beyond this, opening the door to the world of a larger-than- Atmospheric science has taken many turns since its hum- life Swede who was not only a versatile theoretical meteorol- ble beginnings barely a century ago. In recent decades, aca- ogist who took atmospheric understanding to higher levels demic and research programs in this discipline have (literally), but also a brilliant bridge builder. The magnitude proliferated in the United States. But what is missing, in con- of Rossby’s impact,
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