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American Philosophical Society
18th Century Climate of Jamaica Derived from the Journals of Thomas Thistlewood, 1750-1786 (Transaction 93-2)
Transactions 93 No. 2
Thomas Thistlewood is known for his daily records of life on a slave plantation in eighteenth-century Jamaica. Thistlewood's previously unexamined weather journal is shown here to be the most important written record from the Earth's tropical regions available. His observation methods are superior to most of his contemporaries & provide a high-quality daily record of more than 35 years. Comparison of his records with modern weather records indicates that Thistlewood's Jamaica was a much cooler & moister place than in modern times. A 252-year record of tropical storm & hurricane frequency in Jamaica reveals that the late 20th-century minimum in storm frequency is unprecedented.
Descartes and the Hyperbolic Quest: Lens Making Machines & Their Significance in the Seventeenth Century (Transaction 95-3)
Museum: The History of the Cabinet of Curiosities of the American Philosophical Society
Sophie de Grouchy Letters on Sympathy (1798): A Critical Edition (Transactions Vol. 98, Part 4)
Specialist Control: The Publications Committee of the Academie Royale des Sciences (Paris), 1700-1793 (Transasction 93-3)
Portrait of Elizabeth Willing Powel (1743-1830) (Transaction 96-4)
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