I received a gift certificate for Barnes & Noble recently and I’ll definitely use it to get one of the books one the list. David’s book “The Long Thaw” has the catchiest title. Ray’s Book “Principles of Planetary Climate” would probably help me the most.
Comment by Joseph O'Sullivan — 11 Jul 2008 @ 6:36 PM
Got another typo for Ray.
p. 17: “Mars surface cools so fast that that once it is dark…”
Re Dire predictions
As one member of the target audience you have the level spot on.
One question on Chapter 1 Is the non-mention of Callendar’s identification of global warming from data analysis in the 1930′s because of lack of space or because of lack of relibility of the result?
[Response: thanks for the comment. Well, one has to make tough choices about what to and not to include w/ a 200 page heavily illustrated large format book. The history of the science is fascinating, and we could have spent several spreads on that alone. But it would have meant sacrificing other important topics. Would it be great for our readers to know more about the historical figures in the development of the science? Sure. Do they *need* to, to understand the big picture? Well, no. Of course, there are other great sources for that (e.g. Spencer Weart's book). -mike]
I’ve ordered an evaluation copy of “Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming”. This could be just what my biology students need for background on AGW for several courses I teach that look at the biological impacts of climate change. Thanks for pointing this books out to us.
[Response: Thanks for the vote of confidence. We envisioned the book as serving dual purposes, either a layperson's guide to climate change science/impacts/solutions, or as a text for first year seminars and/or non-technical introductory level courses. I'd appreciating hearing your thoughts about the book! -mike]
What about a list of other people’s books as well? It could be a separate list from the Real Climate list. I would suggest that it be a list of books that address the science, and leave out the books that are mostly political. You could start with Spencer Weart’s book “The Discovery of Global Warming”?
[Response: We've done a number of nearly-annual book reviews here, here and here. - gavin]
I like the list of books. I do not like that flashing image of those books on the sidebar. As a Firefox user with the AdBlock extension I got rid of it with two clicks, but I thought I would let you know how at least one reader feels about flashing imagery on websites.
Now to solve the fun little puzzle so I can submit this…
[Response: Would it help if it was slowed down? The issue is that there isn't enough space to have them all separately - a collage might be possible... - gavin]
Just ordered Ray Bradley’s ‘Paleoclimatology’ and I’m thinking about ‘Dire Predictions.’ Thanks for being so active, both in the scientific literature, and in non-technical books (and realclimate) for allowing people to understand these issues.
I’ve just received my copy of DP (excellent!) and I was intending on using it to grace my coffee table. Unfortunately, though, I’ve just discovered that if you leave it in such an exposed position (no, I don’t live outside, I just mean not supported by other books), the cover curls up like a piece of dry peel!!
I’m not letting it curtail my enjoyment of the contents though! Well done!
[Response: Sorry, only just now saw this message. Yeah, I had the same problem w/ mine too :( I guess we can try curling it in the opposite direction (in the hope that 'cover fatigue' doesn't set in) or placing it under weight for some time. I'd be interested in any other solutions folks find to this. -mike]
Amazon.com has two titles for DP with two different sub-titles: One is the illustrative Guide and the other “Understanding etc,” As I am a Ph. D. chemist with a specialty in data modeling, analysis and prediction (FA PLS, etc.) which of the book would I benefit the most from? Thanks in advance and congrats on that effort!
[Response: Thanks for the message Denys. Well, there's just one book. Unfortunately, 'Amazon' got ahold of an earlier pre-release version that had a different cover (a signpost submerged in a flood). I was pretty sure that this had been eradicated, though I've noticed that the Canadian Amazon still has this one. In any case, the correct version should have a cover that looks like the one shown here, i.e. the black cover w/ a footprint on it. The link is here. Sorry for any confusion. And thanks for your interest in the book! -mike]