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    IN this little book the author has attempted to lay down “a certain amount of ‘permanent way’ specially adapted to practical purposes, but at the same time leading towards the more theoretical grounds of modern research.” The fundamental facts and principles stated in the earlier chapters furnish the inquirer with much of the necessary stock-in-trade of information culled from other branches of science; as, for example, the behaviour of gases under varying conditions of temperature and pressure. Cyclones arid anticyclones receive somewhat detailed consideration, but the account is very intelligible, and the mathematical expressions are of the simplest character. The present position of meteorology in regard to weather-forecasting is very clearly and impartially stated. In the chapter on instruments the author leaves a little to be desired in the shape of illustrations and descriptions, especially as he aims at producing a practical treatise. An excellent account of cloud classification is given. The relation of meteorology to agriculture is a subject of great practical importance, and this is carefully discussed in the final chapter.


    By H. N. Dickson (London: Methuen and Co., 1893.)

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