Sunday, April 06, 2014

About Great Scientific Papers

"Every great scientific paper is written at the outside edge of what can be known, and deserves to be remembered if there is a nugget of value amid the inevitable confusion."

-- Spencer Weart, The Discovery of Global Warming: Revised and Expanded Edition (New Histories of Science, Technology, and Medicine)
This is a very good book that I'm reading now for the third time. Every time I understand the science history better, and develop a better understanding of the people who built a solid case for GW, climate models, and AGW.

It doesn't spend a lot of time talking about the evidence for manmade global warming, but it definitely gives you an understanding of how it came about, who was important and why, and for the order of how the evidence unfolded.... It's only 200 pages, and a good suggestion for anyone who wants to learn more about the idea of manmade global warming, which has far deeper roots than most contrarians are willing to admit.

It's the kind of book a Steyniac ought to read -- or Mark Steyn himself -- but surely won't. Careful, or he might learn something.

3 comments:

David Sanger said...

Here's the presentation, but did Eddington actually say it? It doesn't show up elsewhere in searches.

J Melcher said...

David, What are these "contrarians" of whom you speak?

Are they "dogged"?

Is there a place for them at, or under, the table of "science"?

(Comparing, Matt 15:27-28)

Is this the beginning of the admission I've been awaiting from you?

David Appell said...

An admission of what?