Appropriating the Weather: Vilhelm Bjerknes and the may not intend to leave that impression. Events that occurred led Bjerknes quite naturally to meteorology Construction of a Modern Meteorology. R. M. in the broadest meaning of the word and to include Friedman. 1989. 251 pp. $34.95. hardbound. Cor- in his interest and efforts many aspects of atmospheric nell University Press. physics. The Bergen methods of atmospheric analysis The history of modern meteorology has been shaped and extrapolation based on these methods ruled the by a few brilliant individuals, whose enormous con- meteorological world during a critical period that in- tributionssetconditionsforpermanentprogress. Robert cluded the development of aviation on a large scale, Marc Friedman's book is a serious and substantial and the most terrible war the world has experienced. contribution to the documentation of this history. It One can mark Bjerknes's interest in atmospheric is about the life and scientific contributions of Vil- physics from about 1898, when he developed anal- helm Bjerknes. In the course of his narrative, the au- ogies between electromagnetism and hydrodynam- thor brings in much about European meteorology of ics, which led him to his well-known circulation the period extending from the late nineteenth century theorem. This,
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