A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming (Hardback)
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Short Description for A Vast Machine The science behind global warming, and its history: how scientists learned to understand the atmosphere, to measure it, to trace its past, and to model its future.
- Published: 30 April 2010
- Format: Hardback 552 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780262013925 ISBN 10: 0262013924
- Sales rank: 174,775
Full description for A Vast Machine
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 Machine Paul Edwards has news for these skeptics: 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 atmosphere -- to measure it, trace its past, and model its future.