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Vast Machine Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming

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ISBN-10: 0262013924

ISBN-13: 9780262013925

Edition: 2010

Authors: Paul N. Edwards

List price: $33.00
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Global warming skeptics often fall back on the argument that the scientific case for global warming is all model predictions, nothing but simulation; they warn us that we need to wait for real data, "sound science." In A Vast MachinePaul Edwards has news for these doubters: without models, there are no data. Today, no collection of signals or observations—even from satellites, which can "see" the whole planet with a single instrument—becomes global in time and space without passing through a series of data models. Everything we know about the world's climate we know through models. Edwards offers an engaging and innovative history of how scientists learned to understand the…    
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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 3/12/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 552
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

Paul N. Edwards is Professor in the School of Information and the Department of History at the University of Michigan. He is the author of The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America (1996) and a coeditor (with Clark Miller) of Changing the Atmosphere: Expert Knowledge and Environmental Governance (2001), both published by the MIT Press.

Thinking Globally
Global Space, Universal Time: Seeing the Planetary Atmosphere
Standards and Networks: International Meteorology and the R�seau Mondial
Climatology and Climate Change before World War II
Numerical Weather Prediction
The Infinite Forecast
Making Global Data
The First WWW
Making Data Global
Data Wars
Reanalysis: The Do-Over
Parametrics and the Limits of Knowledge
Simulation Models and Atmospheric Politics, 1960–1992
Signal and Noise: Consensus, Controversy, and Climate Change