- Series: Infrastructures
- Paperback: 552 pages
- Publisher: The MIT Press (February 8, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262518635
- ISBN-13: 978-0262518635
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming (Infrastructures) Paperback – February 8, 2013
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A Vast Machine is a beautifully written, analytically insightful, and hugely well-informed account of the development and influence of the models and data that are the foundation of our knowledge that the climate is changing and that human beings are making it change.(Donald MacKenzie, Professor of Sociology, University of Edinburgh, author of An Engine, Not a Camera)
[A] stimulating, well-written analysis...a visual feast.(Ronald E. Doel American Historical Review)
This is an excellent book and a valuable resource for all sides in the debates over global warming.(Steven Goldman Environmental History)
A compelling account of how political and scientific institutions, observation networks, and scientific practice evolved together over several centuries to culminate in the global knowledge infrastructure we have today.(Chad Monfreda Review of Policy Research)
A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming by Paul Edwards is an outstanding example of the potential for historians to contribute to broader public debates and give non-specialists insight into the work done by scientists and the process by which computer simulation has transformed scientific practice.(Thomas Haigh Communications of the ACM)
A 2010 Book of the Year(The Economist)
A thorough and dispassionate analysis by a historian of science and technology, Paul Edwards' book is well timed. Although written before the University of East Anglia e-mail leak, it anticipates many of the issues raised by the 'climategate' affair. [...] A Vast Machine puts the whole affair into historical context and should be compulsory reading for anyone who now feels empowered to pontificate on how climate science should be done.(Myles Allen Nature)
A Vast Machine...will be readily accessible to that legendary target, the general reader...The author's impressive scholarship and command of his material have produced a truly magisterial account.(Richard J. Somerville Science Magazine)
I recommend this book with considerable enthusiasm. Although it's a term reviewers have made into a cliché, I think A Vast Machine is nothing less than a tour de force. It is the most complete and balanced description we have of two sciences whose results and recommendations will, in the years ahead, be ever more intertwined with the decisions of political leaders and the fate of the human species.(Noel Castree American Scientist)
On the whole, this is a very good and informative read on the problems in atmospheric modeling and the way computers are -- and have been -- used in the process.(Jeffrey Putnam Computing Reviews)
This important and articulate book explains how scientists learned to understand the atmosphere, measure it, trace its past, and model its future. Edwards counters skepticism and doom with compelling reasons for hope and a call to action.(James Rodger Fleming, Professor of Science, Technology and Society, Colby College)
With this new book, Paul Edwards once again writes the history of technology on a grand scale. Through his investigation of computational science, international governance, and scientific knowledge production, he shows that the very ability to conceptualize a global climate as such is wrapped up in the history of these institutions and their technological infrastructure. In telling this story, Edwards again makes an original contribution to a crowded field.(Greg Downey, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
About the Author
Paul N. Edwards is Professor in the School of Information and the Department of History at the University of Michigan. He is the author of The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America (1996) and a coeditor (with Clark Miller) of Changing the Atmosphere: Expert Knowledge and Environmental Governance (2001), both published by the MIT Press.
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The authors portrayal of the meteorological weather forecasting networks enables the perception of their growing across the face of earth and linking up to form a global network that generated the World Meteorological Organization in 1950 and the Inter governmental Panel on Climate Change in 1988 gives a clear portrayal of the rising of a Global Network of scientists capable of perceiving planetary processes and providing the human species with strategic guidance.
These perceptions and their articulation are nested in a bed of very deep and detailed information regarding data, data generating methodologies and processes as well as significant events that every serious student of climate sciences will benefit from familiarizing themselves with.