British Weather and the Climate of Enlightenment

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$31.80
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $21.00
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 47%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (11) from $21.00   
  • New (5) from $28.18   
  • Used (6) from $21.00   

Overview

Enlightenment inquiries into the weather sought to impose order on a force that had the power to alter human life and social conditions. British Weather and the Climate of Enlightenment reveals how a new sense of the national climate emerged in the eighteenth century from the systematic recording of the weather, and how it was deployed in discussions of the health and welfare of the population. Enlightened intellectuals hailed climate’s role in the development of civilization but acknowledged that human existence depended on natural forces that would never submit to rational control.

Reading the Enlightenment through the ideas, beliefs, and practices concerning the weather, Jan Golinski aims to reshape our understanding of the movement and its legacy for modern environmental thinking. With its combination of cultural history and the history of science, British Weather and the Climate of Enlightenment counters the claim that Enlightenment progress set humans against nature, instead revealing that intellectuals of the age drew characteristically modern conclusions about the inextricability of nature and culture.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Katharine Anderson
“British Weather and the Climate of Enlightenment explores the study of the weather in eighteenth-century Britain and America to produce a rich and often novel picture of the relationship of human reason to the natural world. The book serves us a model of the cultural history of science and convincingly argues that study of the natural world should be placed at the heart of the modernity of the Enlightenment in general.”
Mary Terrall
“An excellent book, solidly researched and original. Jan Golinski has written a cultural history of British attitudes toward the weather, and especially the weather of their own island nation and its colonies. British Weather and the Climate of Enlightenment looks at the cultural ramifications of beliefs about the weather, along with practices associated with trying to keep track of it and, ideally, understand it. Golinski shows how the values and ideals of the Enlightenment were brought into everyday life in the course of experiencing and examining the weather.”
Brian Dolan
“As much as it is on our minds now, interest in the climate has historically reflected concerns about modernity, and reference to it has always implied moral and political, as well as meteorological, conditions. In this nuanced and insightful account, the eminent historian of Enlightenment science and society Jan Golinski reveals how the invention of the science of weather exposed underlying scientific vulnerabilities and social anxieties in the quest to predict and rationalize the climate of the times.”
Patricia Fara
“In this superb book, eminent historian Jan Golinski demonstrates how scholarly research into the past can illuminate the concerns of the present. Ranging from doctors to diarists, from naturalists to novelists, Golinski explores how British people made weather a national preoccupation during the eighteenth century. Reinterpreting modernity as well as history, Golinski exposes the cultural roots of meteorology to present environmentalism as an Enlightenment product. This is essential reading for appreciating current responses to global warming.”
Telegraph
[A] thoughtful and deeply researched account of how weather and climate consistently challenged the scientific

certainties of the Enlightenment....[A] rich and timely volume."—Richard Hamblyn, Telegraph (UK)

— Richard Hamblyn

Choice
"A historical account of civilization's efforts to understand the relationship between location, season, and a person's moods and health. Considerable research into accounts written in the 17th and 18th centuries relates findings with surprising relevance to the present."
Times Literary Supplement
[An] absorbing new study of attitudes to the weather in the age of Enlightenment...[the book] gives us such a lucid picture of its subject, backed by abundant documentation and argued in manner both stylish and vigorous."—Pat Rogers, Times Literary Supplement

— Pat Rogers

Journal of British Studies
Golinski's riveting and entertaining work is a valuable and revealing addition to the histories of culture and science.

— Ellen J. Jenkins

Isis
This deft and entertaining book frequently surprises the reader with its balance of contextual history, methodological insight, and flowing expression.— Greg Good
Telegraph - Richard Hamblyn
"[A] thoughtful and deeply researched account of how weather and climate consistently challenged the scientificcertainties of the Enlightenment....[A] rich and timely volume."—Richard Hamblyn, Telegraph (UK)
Times Literary Supplement - Pat Rogers
"[An] absorbing new study of attitudes to the weather in the age of Enlightenment...[the book] gives us such a lucid picture of its subject, backed by abundant documentation and argued in manner both stylish and vigorous."—Pat Rogers, Times Literary Supplement
Journal of British Studies - Ellen J. Jenkins
"Golinski's riveting and entertaining work is a valuable and revealing addition to the histories of culture and science."
Isis - Greg Good
"This deft and entertaining book frequently surprises the reader with its balance of contextual history, methodological insight, and flowing expression."
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226302058
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Golinski is professor of history and humanities at the University of New Hampshire and the author of Making Natural Knowledge, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Preface     xi
Introduction: Weather and Enlightenment     1
Experiencing the Weather in 1703: Observation and Feelings     13
The "Exquisite Atmography" and Its Author
The Atmosphere and the Earth
Clouds in the Head
Public Weather and the Culture of Enlightenment     41
The Great Storm in Public Debate
Providence and the British Climate
Conversation and Weather Lore
Recording and Forecasting     77
The Discipline of the Diary
The Calendar and the Seasons
Forecasting by the Heavens
Barometers of Enlightenment     108
The Genealogy of Weather Instruments
The Instrument Trade and Consumers
Interpreting the "Oraculous Glasses "
Sensibility and Climatic Pathology     137
The Hippocratic Revival
Aerial Sensitivity and Social Change
The Politics of Atmospheric Reform
Climate and Civilization     170
The Enlightenment Debate on Climate
Medicine and the Colonial Situation
America: Climate and Destiny
Conclusion: The Science of Weather     203
Notes     217
Bibliography     241
Index     269
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)