Meteorology of the Indian Ocean

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THE immortal Bacon laid it down as an axiom that the scientific man loveth truth more than his theory. Let this serve me as an apology for trespassing on your space. In NATURE of September 17 there appeared an interesting review of a work by the Netherlands Meteorological Institute, dealing with the meteorology of the Indian Ocean, which appears to me deserving of comment. Your reviewer says that the data therein are made available “for the sailor and the meteorologist”. Permit me to suggest that this statement is unfair to the sailor. Every shipmaster is perforce a meteorologist, but every meteorologist is not a shipmaster. Much, however, depends upon what is meant by the ink-horn term “meteorologist”, and it is necessary to define our terms before proceeding to argument.

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ALLINGHAM, W. Meteorology of the Indian Ocean. Nature 78, 632 (1908) doi:10.1038/078632a0

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