| by Jim Fleming

In the April 5 issue of Nature, James R. Fleming, Colby’s Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, reviews Make it RainState Control of the Atmosphere in Twentieth-Century America by Kristine C. Harper. In the new book, “historian Kristine Harper treats weather control as a political agent in the hands of the American state,” Fleming writes. However, Fleming is critical of some points in the book, noting at one point in his review, “Harper indicates, in several places, that weather control is actually possible. Most meteorologists would disagree.” Fleming concludes, “It is important, however, that historians of science begin to bring the state back into their stories, and this book is a start,” he writes.

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