Cover of: Useless arithmetic | Orrin H. Pilkey

Useless arithmetic

why environmental scientists can't predict the future

Published by Columbia University Press in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

"The book offers fascinating case studies depicting how the seductiveness of quantitative models has led to unmanageable nuclear waste disposal practices, poisoned mining sites, unjustifiable faith in predicted sea level rise rates, bad predictions of future shoreline erosion rates, overoptimistic cost estimates of artificial beaches, and a host of other thorny problems. The authors demonstrate how many modelers have been reckless, employing fudge factors to assure "correct" answers and caring little if their models actually worked."--BOOK JACKET

About the Edition

"The book offers fascinating case studies depicting how the seductiveness of quantitative models has led to unmanageable nuclear waste disposal practices, poisoned mining sites, unjustifiable faith in predicted sea level rise rates, bad predictions of future shoreline erosion rates, overoptimistic cost estimates of artificial beaches, and a host of other thorny problems. The authors demonstrate how many modelers have been reckless, employing fudge factors to assure "correct" answers and caring little if their models actually worked."--BOOK JACKET

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 213-221) and index.

Classifications

Library of Congress
TD171.8 .P55 2007

The Physical Object

Pagination
xv, 230 p. :
Number of pages
230

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL15627980M
Internet Archive
uselessarithmeti00pilk
ISBN 10
0231132123
ISBN 13
9780231132121
LC Control Number
2006009632
OCLC/WorldCat
65207068
Library Thing
2355114
Goodreads
624021
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