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Experimenting on a Small Planet

A Scholarly Entertainment

By William W. Hay, 1934-

This book is a thorough introduction to climate science and global change. The author is a geologist who has spent much of his life investigating the climate of Earth from a time when it was warm and dinosaurs roamed the land, to today's changing climate. Bill Hay takes you on a journey to understand how the climate system works. He explores how humans are unintentionally conducting a grand uncontrolled experiment which is leading to unanticipated changes. We follow the twisting path of seemingly unrelated discoveries in physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and even mathematics to learn how they led to our present knowledge of how our planet works. He explains why the weather is becoming increasingly chaotic as our planet warms at a rate far faster than at any time in its geologic past. He speculates on possible future outcomes, and suggests that nature itself may make some unexpected course corrections. Although the book is written for the layman with little knowledge of science or mathematics, it includes information from many diverse fields to provide even those actively working in the field of climatology with a broader view of this developing drama. Experimenting on a Small Planet is a must read for anyone having more than a casual interest in global warming and climate change - one of the most important and challenging issues of our time.

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Format: Book
Author: Hay, William W., 1934-
Summary: Drawing on discoveries in physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and mathematics, an introduction to climate science and global change explores how the climate system works and what role humans play in the Earth's increasingly chaotic weather patterns.
Title: Experimenting on a small planet : a scholarly entertainment / William W. Hay.
Publisher Date: Berlin ; New York : Springer, c2013.
Subject: Climatology Climatic changes Earth sciences
Isbn: 3642285597 9783642285592
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Call Number: 551.6 Hay
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Bib Id: 457496

Format: Book
Author: Hay, William W., 1934-
Summary: Drawing on discoveries in physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and mathematics, an introduction to climate science and global change explores how the climate system works and what role humans play in the Earth's increasingly chaotic weather patterns.
Title: Experimenting on a small planet : a scholarly entertainment / William W. Hay.
Publisher, Date: Berlin ; New York : Springer, c2013.
Description: xxix, 983 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Climatology
Subjects: Climatic changes
Subjects: Earth sciences
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
LCCN: bl2013024819
ISBN: 3642285597
ISBN: 9783642285592
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Call Number: 551.6 Hay