This introductory chapter sets out the book’s four main goals: (i) to tell the story of American meteorology’s transformation from a discipline more art than science in the early twentieth century to a sophisticated science by 1955; (ii) to explore the role of national styles in scientific development and practice; (iii) to highlight the importance of Carl-Gustav Rossby as the leader of a research school that profoundly influenced twentieth-century meteorology; and (iv) to give a rightful place to the control of nature as a guiding influence for the Meteorology Project. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.
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