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Clashing Perspectives On Global Warming

Two big scientists traded opposing essays on global warming recently on Edge.org. Freeman Dyson is a mathematician and professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He argues that climate models are bad and "the fuss over global warming is grossly exaggerated." In the other..

Two big scientists traded opposing essays on global warming recently on Edge.org.Freeman Dyson is a mathematician and professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He argues that climate models are bad and "the fuss over global warming is grossly exaggerated."In the other corner is Alun Anderson, former editor of the science journal Nature. Anderson fires back that "the ice is melting faster than the grimmest of the scientist's predictions, and the predictions keep getting grimmer."Dyson says scientists believe climate models because "it is much easier for a scientist to sit in an air-conditioned building and run computer models, than to put on winter clothes and measure what is really happening outside."It's a fair point about getting outside. We can't help appreciating the irony of their bio photos.

Freeman Dyson


Alun Anderson

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