Experimenting on a Small Planet : a Scholarly Entertainment.

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Main Author: Hay, William W.
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Dordrecht : Springer, 2012.
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520 |a 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 th. 
505 0 |a Experimenting on a Small Planet; FOREWORD; PREFACE; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; Contents; Chapter 1 Introduction; 1.1 Leningrad: 1982; 1.2 'Global Warming' or 'Global Weirding'; 1.3 My Background; 1.4 What is Science?; 1.5 The Observational Sciences; 1.6 Summary; Chapter 2 The Language of Science; 2.1 Locating Things; 2.2 Trigonometry; 2.3 Map Projections; 2.4 Measurement in Science: The Metric System and All That; 2.5 Orders of Magnitude; 2.6 Exponents and Logarithms; 2.7 Exponential Growth and Decay; 2.8 Defining Some Words You Already Know; 2.9 Feedbacks; 2.10 Summary; Chapter 3 Geologic Time. 
505 8 |a 3.1 Age of the Earth: 4004 BC, or Older?3.2 The Discovery of the Depths of Time−Eternity; 3.3 Geologic Time Punctuated by Revolutions; 3.4 Catastrophism Replaced by Imperceptibly Slow Gradual Change; 3.5 The Development of the Geological Time Scale; 3.6 The Discovery of the Ice Age; 3.7 The Discovery of Past Warm Polar Regions; 3.8 Throwing a Monkey Wrench into Explaining Climate Change; 3.9 'Crustal Mobility' to the Rescue; 3.10 The Return of Catastrophism and the Idea of Rapid Change; 3.11 The Nature of the Geologic Record; 3.12 The Great Extinctions and their Causes. 
505 8 |a 3.13 Summary: A History with No Dates4 Putting Numbers on Geologic Ages; 4.1 1788: An Abyss of Time of Unknown Dimensions; 4.2 1863: Physics Comes to the Rescue-Earth is not More than 100 Million Years Old; 4.3 What We Now Know About Heat From Earth's Interior; 4.4 Some Helpful Background in Understanding 19th Century Chemistry; 4.5 1895-1913: The Worlds of Physics and Chemistry Turned Upside Down; 4.6 Henri Becquerel and the Curies; 4.7 Nonconformists and the British Universities Open to All; 4.8 The Discovery of Electrons, Alpha-Rays, and Beta-Rays. 
505 8 |a 4.9 The Discovery of Radioactive Decay Series, Exponential Decay Rates, and Secular Equilibrium4.10 The Mystery of the Decay Series Explained by Isotopes; 4.11 The Discovery That Radioactive Decay Series Might Be Used To Determine the Age of Rocks; 4.12 The Discovery of Stable Isotopes; 4.13 Rethinking the Structure of the Atom; 4.14 From Science to Science Fiction; 4.15 The Discovery of Protons and Neutrons; 4.16 Arthur Holmes and the Age of the Earth; 4.17 The Development of a Numerical Geological Timescale; 4.18 Summary; Chapter 5 Documenting Past Climate Change; 5.1 What is 'Climate'? 
505 8 |a 5.2 A Brief Overview of Earth's Climate History5.3 The Cenozoic Climate 'Deterioration'; 5.4 From Ages to Process Rates; 5.5 Radiometric Age Dating in the Mid-20th Century; 5.6 Potassium-Argon Dating; 5.7 Reversals of Earth's Magnetic Field; 5.8 Fission Track Dating; 5.9 Astronomical Dating; 5.10 Tritium, Carbon-14 and Beryllium-10; 5.11 The Human Acceleration of Natural Process Rates; 5.12 The Present Climate in its Geologic Context; 5.13 Steady State Versus Non-Steady State; 5.14 Feedbacks; 5.15 Summary. 
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