The evolution of climate ideas and knowledge

  title={The evolution of climate ideas and knowledge},
  author={Matthias Heymann},
  journal={Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change},
  • Matthias Heymann
  • Published 1 July 2010
  • Environmental Science
  • Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change
Ideas and knowledge about climate have changed considerably in history. Ancient philosophers like Hippocrates and Aristotle shaped the understandings of climate, which remained very influential until well into the eighteenth century. The Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century gave rise to new ways of systematic instrument‐based observation of and increased public interest in weather and climate. These developments led to a mechanistic understanding and a reductionist physical… 

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