A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming (Infrastructures)

Paul N. Edwards

  • 出版商: MIT
  • 出版日期: 2013-02-08
  • 售價: $1,070
  • 貴賓價: 9.5$1,017
  • 語言: 英文
  • 頁數: 546
  • 裝訂: Paperback
  • ISBN: 0262518635
  • ISBN-13: 9780262518635

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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 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.