[pccgrads] Reminder: "A Vast Machine", part II: in 30 minutes

Naomi Goldenson ngoldens at uw.edu
Wed May 3 12:59:36 PDT 2017


You can still come even if you didn't finish reading and didn't RSVP ;)

On Mon, May 1, 2017 at 11:41 AM, Naomi Goldenson <ngoldens at uw.edu> wrote:


> There's still time to do some reading the next couple of nights in

> preparation for our concluding discussion of "A Vast Machine" on *Wednesday

> at 1:30pm*. See below for more on which chapters to look at.

>

> Let's meet up for this on the back deck of Solstice.

>

> If you could let me know if you'll be joining us I can try to get there

> early and get an appropriate size space.

>

> Naomi

>

> On Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 11:15 AM, Naomi Goldenson <ngoldens at uw.edu> wrote:

>

>> We will continue our discussion of "A Vast Machine" on *May 3rd at

>> 1:30pm*. To focus the discussion a bit more, let's all skip to Chapter

>> 13 - the end (~the last 100 pages). This is the part on climate data and

>> what it can say about the future, just to entice you.

>>

>> Back in the fall, our discussion focused on the first 5 chapters, which

>> are mostly history. If you're just joining now, you might enjoy Chapter 1

>> which frames a lot of what follows. Then you'd skip/skim the intervening

>> chapters on history of atmospheric observations and models, followed by

>> some that discuss data issues with global datasets.

>>

>> Location: TBD. Perhaps out back at Solstice if it's nice out. Perhaps in

>> ATG, where I've reserved a room in case.

>>

>> -----------------

>>

>> *Description: "A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the

>> Politics of Global Warming"

>> <https://www.amazon.com/Vast-Machine-Computer-Politics-Infrastructures/dp/0262518635>.*

>>

>>

>> *Global warming skeptics often fall back on the argument that the

>> scientific case for global warming is all model predictions, nothing but

>> simulation; they warn us that we need to wait for real data, "sound

>> science." In A VastMachine Paul Edwards has news for these skeptics:

>> without models, there are no data. Today, no collection of signals or

>> observations -- even from satellites, which can "see" the whole planet with

>> a single instrument -- becomes global in time and space without passing

>> through a series of data models. Everything we know about the world's

>> climate we know through models. Edwards offers an engaging and innovative

>> history of how scientists learned to understand the atmosphere -- to

>> measure it, trace its past, and model its future.*

>>

>>

>>

>> On Mon, Apr 10, 2017 at 12:55 PM, Naomi Goldenson <ngoldens at uw.edu>

>> wrote:

>>

>>> Hi folks,

>>>

>>> I know that a bunch of you were waiting anxiously to hear when we would

>>> finish discussing "A Vast Machine", and now, just when you'd given up, I'm

>>> here to see if anyone would still like to do this?

>>>

>>> So, to gauge interest, please fill out this poll as though it represents

>>> a generic week this quarter, and then we'll try to pick a time if there's

>>> interest.

>>> http://whenisgood.net/ygz8hdr

>>>

>>> After this we could do another book, so think on that too.

>>>

>>> Thanks!

>>> Naomi

>>>

>>

>>

>

>

> --

> PhD Candidate

> Department of Atmospheric Sciences

> University of Washington

> Seattle, WA

>




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PhD Candidate
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
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