The Hockey Stick Illusion: Climategate and the Corruption of Science

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Stacey International, 2010 - Science - 482 pages
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Part scientific history and part detective story, The Hockey Stick Illusion tells the extraordinary tale of the iconic global warming graph (created by the US climatologist Michael Mann), the global panic about climate change that it has helped to feed, and the tireless efforts of a lone amateur researcher, Steve McIntyre, that have comprehensively discredited it. From the earliest attempts to reproduce the Hockey Stick graph, to the explosive publication of McIntyre's work and the launch of a congressional inquiry, The Hockey Stick Illusion is a remarkable tale of scientific misconduct and amateur sleuthing. It explains the complex science of this most controversial of scientific findings in layperson's language and lays bare the remarkable extent to which climatologists have been willing to break their own rules in order to defend climate science's most famous finding. Already acclaimed by experts in the field, The Hockey Stick Illusion is an indispensable guide for anyone wanting to assess the credibility of global warming science.

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User Review  - John_Hardy - LibraryThing

For readers like me with only a modest understanding of statistics this book works well: the author manages to explain complex and abstruse ideas simply. Clearly he is partisan - but then so is ... Read full review

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User Review  - jontseng - LibraryThing

A brilliant account of the importance of analytical rigour. A lesson for both climatologists and anyone who deals with bullsh*t statistics as a matter of course (i.e. the entire readership of the Daily Mail). A book which has received shamefully less publicity than it deserves. Read full review

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