Horace-Bénédict de Saussure's Solar Oven
Proposed solar oven


Horace-Bénédict de Saussure


Solar Oven


Causes pronounced weather changes in the local vicinity


Uncontrollable need to record information


Change in atmospheric ambience


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Considered to be the father of modern alpine climbing and meteorology, Saussure was fascinated by mountains and their scientific potential. The plants, glaciers and geology made him wonder, but the variation of weather phenomenon truly fascinated him. He improved many available instruments and invented some of his own to measure wind speed, gas concentration, humidity and cloud formation at different altitudes.

During tests, Saussure noted temperatures at depths changed much slower compared to the seasons, allowing him to reason observation stations at high altitudes were feasible. He also crafted a successful solar oven capable of cooking food with reflected sunlight, designed with three separate glass layers to trap heat. The box baked at 230 °F (110 °C) on mountain peaks and plains with little change, showing air circulation played no role in solar heating.


Powered through variance in atmospheric heat, ionization and humidity. Focuses and amplifies any solar waves to allow extreme changes in atmospheric conditions in the immediate area. Will cause an incessant need to record everything the user senses.

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