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126 pages

34 figures (17 in colour)

Published May 2020

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Aristotle’s Meteorologica: Meteorology Then and Now

By Anastasios A. Tsonis

Edited by Christos S. Zerefos

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This book concentrates on the meteorological aspects of Aristotle’s work published as Meteorologica books A-D, and on how they compare now with our understanding of meteorology and climate change.

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Contents

Prolegomena ;
Introduction: about Aristotle ;
His life ;
His works ;

BOOK A FROM ΜΕΤΕΩΡΟΛΟΓΙΚΑ ;
Aristotle’s universe with a glimpse on climate change ;
Meteorology now, part 1 ;
Analogies and contrasts ;
Key points of meteorology now, part 1 ;
Back to Aristotle’s Meteorologica ;
Meteorology now, part 2 ;
Key points of meteorology now, part 2 ;
Analogies and contrasts ;
Back to Aristotle’s Meteorologica ;

BOOK B FROM ΜΕΤΕΩΡΟΛΟΓΙΚΑ ;
On winds ;
Stormy weather ;
Meteorology now, part 3 ;
Key points of meteorology now, part 3 ;
Back to Aristotle’s Meteorologica ;

BOOK C FROM ΜΕΤΕΩΡΟΛΟΓΙΚΑ ;
Aristotle’s optics Preparatory introduction ;
Aristotle’s general theory of colour ;
The halo ;
Rainbow ;
Sun dogs and light pillars ;
Aurora Borealis ;

BOOK D FROM ΜΕΤΕΩΡΟΛΟΓΙΚΑ ;
Aristotle’s notion on thermodynamic equilibrium ;

Concluding remarks ;
Appendix I: Aristotle’s poem ‘Ode to Virtue’ ;
Appendix II: Aristotle on climate change

About the Author

Anastasios Tsonis is an Emeritus Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and an Adjunct Research Scientist at the Hydrologic Research Center in San Diego, CA. ;

Christos Zerefos is Head of the Research Centre for Atmospheric Physics and Climatology, Academy of Athens, Professor of Atmospheric Physics at the Universities of Athens and Thessaloniki, and Visiting Professor at the Universities of Boston, Minnesota and Oslo.