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14:00 - 15:00 24 May 2016

Taking the weather with you


G6 Lecture Theatre | UCL Institute of Archaeology (link Map)
31–34 Gordon Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Many of the key tools of modern meteorology, such as the thermometer and barometer, did not come into popular use until the seventeenth century. So how did people forecast the weather before then? This session will outline the nexus of beliefs, observations and literary quotations that formed the basis of meteorological knowledge in the century before the advent of instruments. Why did people believe, for instance, that rapidly-drying parchment signified an imminent cold snap? It will also explore the value and uses of such knowledge, from princely courts to the high seas.


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