The Thermometer

  • H. Howard Frisinger
Part of the Meteorological Monographs book series (METEOR)


At the close of the sixteenth century, meteorology, which had been based on the speculations of natural philosophers such as Aristotle, was at an impasse. It had become increasingly evident that these speculations were often erroneous and inadequate and that a greater knowledge of the atmosphere was an imperative step to any improvement in the science. Descartes himself recognized the pressing need for a greater knowledge of the atmosphere and became a pioneer in its acquisition. To obtain this knowledge, meteorological instruments were needed which had not yet been developed. Fortunately, this lack was soon to be rectified.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Howard Frisinger
    • 1
  1. 1.Colorado State UniversityUSA

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