From the Renaissance to global warming today, scientists have developed ingenious ways to record the changing skies. While Torricelli’s barometer has endured, other instruments have not, like the leech-based electrical “tempest prognosticator” built in 1851 by the appropriately-named George Merryweather. But history shows the secret to measuring weather ultimately lies in combining instruments with innovative social organizations managed by government bureaucrats.
Join us for a Zoom presentation with Roger Turner, museum curator at the Science History Institute in Philadelphia, as we explore this fascinating topic. Turner also runs PicturingMeteorology.com, a blog for compelling stories about the people who study weather.