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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2015
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I've heard this author interviewed at length at least five times on the radio by the main host of the coast-to-coast radio show. Each time I've heard him he has mentioned that the total ice mass of the south pole has increased by 60 percent since records began being kept around 150 years ago. He portrays this as evidence of global cooling, then changes the subject without mentioning any alternative explanation for the increase. His doing this repeatedly is very clear evidence to me of either extreme ignorance or dishonesty. Some basic additional facts are needed by listeners:
(1) the increase in ice mass is only in areas of the south pole surface that remain below freezing all year round,
(2) the south pole has been shrinking around the edges, such as when the Ross ice shelf (a shelf about as large as the state of Rhode Island) broke away in the 1990s.
(3) as the atomosphere of the planet has warmed, the added energy in the air has increased wind speeds all over the earth. Where there are circular winds the winds are faster and thereby more effectively trap cold air. Hence, the circular wind that goes around the south pole more effectively traps cold air over the pole.
(4) the heat increase around the planet has increased the amount of water vapor in the air. This has resulted in increases of all kinds of precipitation (rain, snow, sleet, hail). Hence, where temperatures remain below freezing year round ice has accumulated.
When all these things are considered, it becomes obvious that the changes to the south pole provide very good evidence of global warming, NOT cooling. Additionally, Felix needs to tell readers that scientists predicted these changes. He also needs to deal with the fact that the 675 (thereabouts...the exact number is somewhere between 650 and 700) bodies of ice scientists have been monitoring (mostly glaciers) show the same pattern of changes. Ninety percent of these bodies of ice have been shrinking. About five percent have stayed the same size, and about five percent have been increasing in size.
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13 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2009
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Felix understands so little about science that this book can best be described as painful.

Here are some examples:

Oort Cloud. This is part of our solar system. We do not pass through it every 30 million years. Our sun is the center of the Oort cloud just as our sun is the center of the rest of our solar system.

Disappearance of the Cretaceous seaway. An example of this is found in the Drumheller Alberta area. The Bearpaw formation is lower upper Cretaceous and it contains marine (salt water) fish skeletons. The Horseshoe Canyon formation lies above this and contains Dinosaur skeletons... also lower upper Cretaceous. This is a succession of floodplains, estuarine channels and coal swamps. It is coastal. By the time the Horseshoe Canyon deposits were laid down, the Cretaceous inland waterway was pretty much gone. The Horseshoe Canyon formation is overlain by the Battle formation.

The point is that the Cretaceous spans from about 65 to 145 million years ago. The upper Cretaceous spans from about 65 to 100 million years ago. The end of the dinosaurs was about 65 million years ago.

There was something like 35 million years during the Cretaceous from the time the inland waterway disappears to the end of the Cretaceous. Felix calls this "poof" (page 46).

Then we have him thinking solar flares are from nuclear reactions. The nuclear activity of the sun takes place deep within - not at the surface. In fact the plasma at the sun's surface is so thin that you could stick your hand in it. Still the flares are real... just misinterpreted.

He fails to understand that magnetism and electricity are the same force. He thinks the strong nuclear force (in QCD its color) is repulsive when in fact it is attractive and holds the nucleus together.

The errors and misinterpretations are as thick as the hair on a hog's back.

Buy it if you wish but don't expect anything better than a good belly laugh.
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27 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2006
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I'm sorry zero stars aren't possible. An early review of this book stated: 'Lots of psuedo-science in this disaster scenario scare book. Author blames magnetic reversals for almost everything; dinosaur extinctions, earthquakes, sea level changes, and most of all ice ages. He mixes enough actual science in to alarm people who are not well read on these subjects. Many scientists and scientific concepts are quoted way out of context to prop up author's theories. For example he confuses nuclear fusion in the sun with the aurora, calling it "miniature atomic explosions". Does he know he causes 'miniature atomic explosions' every time he turns on a flourescent light? Many of his ideas could be shown to be wrong with a couple of magnets on your desk.'

As an informed non-scientist on climate issues, I can only add that Felix's specific ideas on that subject are equally ludicrous. A good place to get the facts on climate is [...] a blog run by actual climate scientists. RealClimate does assume a degree of prior knowledge of climate issues, so for a primer click on "Climate Basics" under Science Links on the right side of the home page.
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20 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2005
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It is very unfortunate that some people may go to this book searching for " off the beaten track" scientific information. This book does far more damage than good. Some basic facts of science are ignored and readers are given wrong information. For example, ionization is cause by protons colliding with atoms, the splitting of nuclei is caused by protons

, the force that keeps nuclei together is elctromagnetism, the source of solar energy is elctromagnetism, etc., to name just a few.

I could not finish reading this book. If basic scientific knowledge is ignored, what can one expect from the rest?
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2014
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The DVD I received was damaged and I returned it. I received as a replacement a paper copy of the book wich I already have.
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15 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2006
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There is no accurate science in this book! It saddens me to see the state of our science education and critical thinking ability based on a number of reviews here.
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12 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2005
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Meandering in circles.An idea should be presented in a logical framework.Sequence , structure , organization ...missing.Should the content be of value and relevant to humankind one should at least take the time and trouble to organize one's thought and present them as such.
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12 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 1999
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Another plea for gradual processes as the explanations for catastrophic events. Geomagnetic reversals (both real and imaginary) are themselves unexplained.
The Ice Ages and other climate changes (among other things) are best explained by unique events that are nonetheless similar to one another and of celestial origins.
This book is yet another attempt to try to get catastrophes to behave themselves. Try Walter Alvarez' "T Rex and the Crater of Doom", John Lewis "Rain of Fire and Ice", or James Powell's "Night Comes To The Cretaceous". The Powell book is better than the Alvarez book, but the Alvarez book is probably a good place to start if you're buying this for a young student.
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2 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2009
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This is not a book. It's a pamphlet fluffed up with Felix's hot air.
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