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- DescriptionGlobal warming skeptics often fall back on the argument that the scientific case for global warming is all model predictions, thing 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 data. Today, 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 kw about the world's climate we kw through models. Edwards offers an engaging and invative history of how scientists learned to understand the atmosphere -- to measure it, trace its past, and model its future.
- Author BiographyPaul 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.
- PrizesWinner of ASLI Choice Book Awards: History Category 2010.
- Author(s)Paul N. Edwards
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication05/03/2013
- Series TitleInfrastructures
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note74 b&w illus.
- Weight703 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine31 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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