• History and Philosophy of Climate Science Syllabus, Spring 2018

    Author(s):
    Mike Thicke (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Subject(s):
    Climatology, Philosophy
    Item Type:
    Syllabus
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/bgh8-qc67
    Abstract:
    In recent decades climate science has gained increasing public attention and importance. However, scientists have been attempting to understand the complex behavior of the atmosphere for far longer than that. Further, the centrality of computer models and simulations to climate science has led to debates over the nature of evidence and experiment in science. The history portion of this course starts with Svante Arrhenius’ 1896 theorizing about the link between atmospheric CO2 and global temperatures, and proceeds through mid-twentieth century attempts to study the global climate system to the present-day IPCC, global climate models, and political responses. The philosophy portion considers issues including the epistemology of models, the nature of expertise, and the role of social values in science. Readings include selections from Paul Edwards' A Vast Machine, Naomi Oreskes’ Merchants of Doubt, Eric Winsberg’s Science in the Age of Computer Simulation, and the IPCC 5th Assessment Report.
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