| by Alan Thorpe

A review of Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society James R. Fleming’s latest book, Inventing Atmospheric Science: Bjerknes, Rossby, Wexler, and the Foundations of Modern Meteorology (MIT Press, 2016), appears in the April 7 issue of Nature. Reviewer Alan Thorpe writes, “Fleming’s fascinating account clarifies why these [first] two were giants of leadership,” and notes that the third, Wexler, made the first research flight into a hurricane, used radar to track storm systems, and developed the use of computers in meteorology.

“What shines through Inventing Atmospheric Science is the commitment of three men to applications of research to society, and their desire to advance our understanding of weather. This is an inspirational story, very well told,” Thorpe’s review concludes.