BOOK REVIEWS INVENTING ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE: BJERKNES, ROSSBY, WEXLER, AND THE FOUNDATIONS OF MODERN METEOROLOGY James Rodger Fleming, 2016, 312 pp., $31.00, hardbound, The MIT Press, ISBN 978-0-262-03394-7 s science “invented,” or “discovered”? When itw as a student of Rossby’s: these personal links form comes to today’s very wide field of atmospherict he basis for the structure of the book, which then I science—including, at least in part, disciplines as examines the careers and many achievements of diverse as space weather and ocean chemistry—ther R eo ssby and Wexler in turn. These are told through is at least some justification in the former term. I bn o th published and anecdotal accounts: a major this engaging volume, James Fleming sets out hiss trength of the book is its reference throughout to case, starting with a 19-year-old Vilhelm Bjerkneo s riginal material, including archival and family (1862–1951) visiting the Internationals ources, many of which appear in print for the first Electrical Exposition in Paris in July time. Fleming’s judicious use of letters and other close 1881 with his father, Professor Carl p ersonal sources add a human dimension to the story Anton Bjerknes. The story progresses o f the principal characters
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