Trade winds

1735 Trade winds

The book of science

Tom Sharp

George Hadley atmospheric_sciences

Trade winds


Lost science

Edmond Halley postulated the circulation of air to and from the equator in 1686, but he did not understand how the earth’s rotation is responsible for the easterlies and westerlies.

In addition to rediscovering Hadley’s cell around 1787, John Dalton pioneered modern atomic theory (although his notation was replaced by Greek abbreviations), and was the first to describe and explain color blindness (although his explanation was wrong).

Apparently Henry Cavendish was extremely shy and did his work mainly for the love of it. The same is true of many poets; they have neither skills nor interest in the business of selling their work.

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