Traité de météorologie


Louis Cotte
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The first general treatise of meteorology. With a deep Baconian faith in the efficacy of fact gathering, Cotte was a self-appointed clearinghouse for meteorological information, a chronicler of the development of organized study of the weather, and a proponent of the arrival of meteorology as a distinct science. To Cotte, meteorology encompassed phenomena concerning earthquake, aurora borealis, terrestrial magnetism, atmospheric electricity, and lunar periodicity, as well as temperature, atmospheric pressure, winds, and precipitation.