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Much of the attack on mainstream science is political since there really is no serious alternative. The nearest there is is Richard Lindzen at MIT, but his theories have comprehensively failed the test of measurement against reality. The only other serious group of scientists attempting to counter the mainstream are at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. For a while their satellite-based temperature trend was significantly below every other published data set (in terms of rate of increase) but with correction of errors, that is no longer the case.
My aim in writing this book was initially to see if there was any merit in the anti-mainstream position. I couldn't find any, so I shifted focus to explaining the mainstream. If the anti-mainstream comes across mainly as emotional, that reflects the reality that I found.
In a complex scientific field, there are many areas of doubt and uncertainty. Climate science is no different. We use technology on a daily basis that is based on the same scientific principles (e.g., a GPS system). Amplifying doubt and uncertainty to cause inaction is a political attack on the transfer of science to policy, and does not undermine the science. We've seen the same thing with attacks on the link between tobacco and cancer, the ozone hole and the science of HIV.
If you really want to understand the science in all its complexity, you need a science textbook, not a novel. I recommend Raymond T. Pierrehumbert's Principles of Planetary Climate. You need a fair amount of calculus to understand it. The key thing you learn from it is that the modern science of climate is well founded on basic sciences, and the uncertainties are no greater than any application of a range of sciences to a complex real-world problem.
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Top Customer Reviews
No Tomorrow can be viewed from several different perspectives: It's a romantic novel; it's a fun book in various ways; it's a story of a young man's reconciliation with his dad; most of all, though, it's a searching examination of the science and pseudo-science related to global warming.
The author clearly did a significant amount of research into the views and supporting science behind both the proponents' and the sceptics' theories. Some of this is revealed as the main character, Martin Truscott, reviews the research and talks to the characters on both sides of the fence. For the purpose of the book, the researchers Truscott talks to are fictitious, but their theories, their institutions and much of the background are not.
I found it difficult to put this book down for much of the way through it. It challenges the reader to think about the important subject that inspired it. It gives an insight into the way science works and the fact that it isn't a dogmatic, unchanging truth, but rather evolves as more is revealed and learned.
No plot is perfect, and that's true of this one, but the defects seemed minor compared with the work as a whole. First novel it may be, but No Tomorrow is an excellent work by an author who is a thinker.
No Tomorrow is well worth a read -- highly recommended.