A Vast Machine
Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global WarmingBook - 2010
Global warming skeptics often fall back on the argument that the scientific case forglobal warming is all model predictions, nothing but simulation; they warn us that we need to waitfor real data, "sound science." In A Vast Machine Paul Edwards has newsfor these skeptics: without models, there are no data. Today, no collection of signals orobservations -- even from satellites, which can "see" the whole planet with a singleinstrument -- 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 andinnovative history of how scientists learned to understand the atmosphere -- to measure it, traceits past, and model its future.
The science behind global warming, and its history: how scientists learned tounderstand the atmosphere, to measure it, to trace its past, and to model its future.