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