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

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

By: Paul N. Edwards (author)Paperback

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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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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.

Product Details

  • publication date: 05/03/2013
  • ISBN13: 9780262518635
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 546
  • ID: 9780262518635
  • weight: 703
  • ISBN10: 0262518635

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