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Meteorology
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1. Legacy of antiquity

According to its original definition, primarily informed by Aristotle, meteorology (Greek meteorología) was the study of the causes of (inanimate) phenomena of the so-called sublunar sphere (the sphere “below the Moon”). Besides atmospheric phenomena (lightning, thunder, rain, wind, etc.), it thus also included terrestrial matters (volcanos, earthquakes, minerals, springs, etc.). The early modern histo…

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Fritscher, Bernhard, “Meteorology”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024019>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801



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