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Meteorological Observations and Essays

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Famed for his seminal work in the development of atomic theory, John Dalton (1766–1844) was a chemist and natural philosopher who served for years as professor of mathematics and natural philosophy at the New College, Manchester. Dalton was born into a Quaker family in the Lake District; his early interest in weather was inspired by a local instrument-maker and meteorologist. He began keeping a meteorological diary in 1787, and this 1793 book is one of his earliest publications. It contains not only ...
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Overview

Famed for his seminal work in the development of atomic theory, John Dalton (1766–1844) was a chemist and natural philosopher who served for years as professor of mathematics and natural philosophy at the New College, Manchester. Dalton was born into a Quaker family in the Lake District; his early interest in weather was inspired by a local instrument-maker and meteorologist. He began keeping a meteorological diary in 1787, and this 1793 book is one of his earliest publications. It contains not only meteorological observations but also speculations about their causes. Beginning with a description of the instruments needed to undertake such investigations, Dalton considers a variety of natural phenomena, finishing by offering various theories on the causes of the Aurora Borealis. This book also contains many of the ideas that would go on to be developed in his future research and publications, for which he is better known.
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John Dalton
John Dalton
A world traveler and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, John Dalton writes with clarity and precision -- offering a debut novel -- Heaven Lake -- that reflects both his deep familiarity with Asian culture and his exquisite craftsmanship.

Biography

John Dalton was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, the youngest of seven children. Upon graduation from college, he received a plane ticket to travel around the world, and so began an enduring interest in travel and foreign culture. During the late 1980s he lived in Taiwan for several years and traveled in Mainland China and other Asian countries. He attended the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop in the early 1990s and was awarded two fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown as well as a James Michener/Paul Engle Award for his (then) novel-in-progress, Heaven Lake. He presently lives with his wife in North Carolina.

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Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Dalton:

"I worked for several years at the Barnes & Noble in Ladue, Missouri."

"When I was 23 and graduated from college, my older brother gave me a plane ticket to travel around the world. I went to Hawaii, Fiji, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and then on to Europe, traveling mostly on my own."

"I had nothing to do with the invention of the periodic table."

"I play Frisbee golf as a hobby -- I once threw a hole-in-one."

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    1. Hometown:
      Carrboro, North Carolina
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 10, 1963
    2. Place of Birth:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, University of Missouri, 1987; M.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of Iowa, 1993
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I: 1. Of the barometer; 2. Of the thermometer; 3. Of the hygrometer; 4. Of rain-gauges; 5. Observations on the height of the clouds; 6. Account of thunder-storms and height of the clouds; 7. Observations on the winds at Kendal and Keswick, for five years; 8. Account of the first and last appearance of snow each winter; 9. Account of bottom-winds on Derwent lake; 10. Account of the Aurorae Boreales seen at Kendal and Keswick for five years; 11. On magnetism, and the variation of the needle; Addenda to the observations on the Aurorae Boreales; Part II: 1. On the atmosphere, its constitution, figure, height, etc.; 2. On winds; 3. On the variations of the barometer; 4. On the relation between heat and other bodies; 5. On the temperature of different climates and seasons; 6. On evaporation rain, hail, snow, and dew; 7. On the relation between the barometer and rain; 8. On the Aurora Borealis; General rules for judging of the weather; Appendix, containing additional notes on different parts of the work.
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