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Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control (Columbia Studies in International and Global History) Hardcover – September 2, 2010

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Current hopes for a technological answer to global warming are not an altogether new quest; they echo a rich history of attempts to work upon the weather. James Rodger Fleming explores this history thoroughly, parading a colorful variety of scientists, visionaries, and charlatans who reveal important lessons about our past-and possible future.

(Spencer Weart, author of The Discovery of Global Warming)

With humanity's planetary impact reaching a Richter scale equivalent, what seem to be quick fixes become exceedingly tempting. Fixing the Sky's historical insights are a revelation—an anchor and essential base from which to consider addressing the greatest challenge in the history of our species.

(Thomas E. Lovejoy, George Mason University and The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment)

James Rodger Fleming's book is a kind of tour de folie, an authoritative recounting over two centuries of weather changers and climate controllers, rainmakers and rain fakers, and cloud seeders and fog dissolvers. All in all, an engrossing work about vain hopes and technological hubris—as well as a cautionary tale to anyone concerned with attempts to engineer the planet.

(Dan Kevles, Yale University)

Provides an essential foundation for understanding the long and dubious scientific tradition from which plans for climate control hail.

(W. Patrick McCray Science)

Fixing the Sky is a very readable, in-depth popular account of the history of weather modification, ranging from myth and movies to experiments, commercial ventures, and proposals for the future control of weather and climate.... Recommended.Choice

(Choice)

Provides a detailed account of weather modification.... The topic is an important one, and the book is relevant for scientists, stakeholders, policy makers, and concerned citizens alike.

(Rasmus E. Benestad American Scientist)

The topic is an important one, the book is relevant for scientists, stake-holders, policy makers, and concerned citizens alike.

(Sigma Xi (Reprint of American Scientist Review))

I recommend this book to those interested in weather and climate modification and the history of applied meteorology.

(The Weather Doctor Blog)

Fleming has provided another valuable contribution to the still tiny but emerging historiography of global warming.

(Sam White Monthly Review)

An entertaining book about a serious issue.

(Gail Cooper Technology and Culture)

Fleming is a masterful writer, at the top of his game, and his skill and good humor make this book a blast to read.

(Paul Edwards H-Environment Roundtable Reviews)

This interesting and original work, building off of Fleming's previous studies of meteorology and climate science history, provides valuable perspective on what may soon become serious policy debates over how to respond to global warming.

(H-Environment)

a very useful and entertaining book.

(David Philip Miller Metascience)

This is a marvellous text for classroom adoption, and will engage undergraduates with its resolute, fairminded and comprehensive approach to a difficult and utterly fascinating subject.

(Mott Greene Ambix)

Fleming's book should be mandatory reading for each climate engineering enthusiast, as it provides historical precedent to the current debate. Anyone interested in climate change-related issues will benefit from the book because of its easily accessible and jargon-free style.

(Axel Michaelowa Climate Policy)

...not just a stellar addition to the history of science, but also a major contribution to the discussion on the role of history in science policy.

(Vladimir Jankovic Isis)

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Fixing the Sky will appeal to a broad audience and is a significant contribution to both the ongoing policy debate over geoengineering and the history of meteorology and climatology, on which James Rodger Fleming is a recognized authority.

(Mott Greene, University of Puget Sound)
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Product Details

  • Series: Columbia Studies in International and Global History
  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (September 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231144121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231144124
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,455,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Despite this book's catchy title and its surreal cover image, it is actually a very serious and broadly-sweeping look at the history of weather and climate control. The author has covered many aspects of this subject - from mythology and divination, on to tricksters and deceivers to serious but misguided visionaries and finally to serious modern-day research and contemporary attempts at making the hoped-for changes. Also discussed are the pros and cons of weather/climate control, should such a thing become feasible.

The author writes clearly and packs a lot of information on each page. Occasionally, he throws in a bit of humour but mostly, the book is written in a very serious, lively and quite engaging, tone. It should be of interest to a wide range of readers: from meteorologists and climatologists to lay readers with a serious interest in the subject.
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Format: Hardcover
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