Image courtesy of the State Library of New South Wales Collection.
For centuries scientists have sought to control the weather for everything from alleviating droughts to aiding pilots in times of war. With climate change a top concern in modern times, scientists continue to explore drastic options for engineering weather patterns. These efforts come with tremendous risks, and as history has shown are often doomed to embarrassing failure.
Historian James Fleming will share these stories at Monday's Science on Tap—CHF's informal monthly science cafe—during a talk called "A Toast to Fixing the Sky."
Can't make it? Check out Fleming's article "Manufacturing the Weather" in Chemical Heritage or his recent interview on Distillations.