The agent, magnetism; Its character and currents; Oxygen magnetic; Precipitation at the belt of rains occasioned by depolarization; Storms originate in this central belt and move toward the poles.
There was more to this introduction than meets the eye. Thanks, Opera. …
I got this book from Gutenberg. I have changed the grammar as far as I can manage to British English. The Gitenberg License will have to wait for a better time. The thrust of the theory is wrong but most of the arguments presented in the book, as far as I can understand them, are correct.
If the author was correct in what he knew at the time, the ideas in it are eye-opening even now150 years later. As stated in the title the book was produced in 1856. Meteorologu was in its absolute infancy in those days. It would be worth reading the major works of all the writer whom he srwas upon in his narrative as they were the founding fathers of a science that apart from developing numerical analysis to its limits has not changed a great deal since then.
Unfortunately, since he was unable to comprehend wave theory (physics too was in short trousers in the middle of the 19th century) he fell over electromagnetism as his mysterious first cause for the way that the atmosphere behaves.
Doubly unfortunate,that, as the answer to the question of “what causes weather?” is still out there -and there are only me and a few miscreants still looking.
The copies of the book found nline are supplied with graphics that are almost unusable as far as I could make out. This book would profit admirably by the use of modern satellite imagery. Unfortunately I don't have the necessary. So anyone with more pertinent cloudscapes and the like (got links anyone?) who can help out with chapters 3, 4, 6 and 7 would be most welcome.
Once I have managed to get the first few chapters online I will be translating them into modern English and doing away with as much verbiage as I can cull in the process. There is nothing the philosopher on the 18th and 19th Centuries loved more than the sight of their words in print. But unfortunately these days, most of them serve best to convince the reader that he might be better employed reading anything else, thanks very much.
Be that as it may, I would be foolish to dismiss any of the original text, so far as it can be understood, from being available as near as advisable to the original. I am after all not trying to replace the book. Any thoughts and ideas that I gain from the author I can improve upon in my own time and place.