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A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate…
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A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global…

by Paul N. Edwards

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"This is first rate intellectual history. Not an easy read, but worth it if you want to understand how science in the modern age works. Turns out that theory is the easy part. Data and models (in particular, computer models) are at the center of all the controversies around global warming. You could take the conceptual framework Edwards develops and apply it to any number of public policy problems, starting with education. Highly recommended." ( )
  atortorice001 | Mar 4, 2012 |
A comprehensive, informative, and accessible account of the history of the development of climate models, of the infrastructure that sustains them, and of their epistemological underpinnings. ( )
  jorgearanda | Nov 21, 2010 |
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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.

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