Turning superstition into science. Atmospheric tides science and the transformation of astrology in Enlightenment Continental Europe Ghent University
The period 1700-1840 witnessed the flowering of a new U+2018atmospheric tidesU+2019 science. The basic
assumption of this science was that Sun and Moon not only generate significant tidal effects in the
earthU+2019s seas, but in its atmosphere as well. These atmospheric tides (henceforth AT) were held
responsible for important weather changes, as well as for a variety of health issues in the human
body (e.g. insanity, ...