Skip to Main Content (Press Enter)
A Vast Machine by Paul N. Edwards
Add A Vast Machine to bookshelf
Add to Bookshelf

A Vast Machine

Best Seller
A Vast Machine by Paul N. Edwards
Paperback $35.00
Feb 08, 2013 | ISBN 9780262518635

Buy from Other Retailers:

See All Formats (1) +
  • Feb 08, 2013 | ISBN 9780262518635

    Buy from Other Retailers:

  • Mar 12, 2010 | ISBN 9780262290715

    Buy from Other Retailers:

Product Details


[A] stimulating, well-written analysis…a visual feast.—Ronald E. Doel, American Historical Review

This is an excellent book and a valuable resource for all sides in the debates over global warming.

Steven Goldman, Environmental History

A compelling account of how political and scientific institutions, observation networks, and scientific practice evolved together over several centuries to culminate in the global knowledge infrastructure we have today.

Chad Monfreda, Review of Policy Research

A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming by Paul Edwards is an outstanding example of the potential for historians to contribute to broader public debates and give non-specialists insight into the work done by scientists and the process by which computer simulation has transformed scientific practice.

Thomas Haigh, Communications of the ACM

A 2010 Book of the Year

The Economist

A thorough and dispassionate analysis by a historian of science and technology, Paul Edwards’ book is well timed. Although written before the University of East Anglia e-mail leak, it anticipates many of the issues raised by the ‘climategate’ affair. […] A Vast Machine puts the whole affair into historical context and should be compulsory reading for anyone who now feels empowered to pontificate on how climate science should be done.

Myles Allen, Nature

A Vast Machine…will be readily accessible to that legendary target, the general reader…The author’s impressive scholarship and command of his material have produced a truly magisterial account.

Richard J. Somerville, Science Magazine

I recommend this book with considerable enthusiasm. Although it’s a term reviewers have made into a cliché, I think A Vast Machine is nothing less than a tour de force. It is the most complete and balanced description we have of two sciences whose results and recommendations will, in the years ahead, be ever more intertwined with the decisions of political leaders and the fate of the human species.

Noel Castree, American Scientist

On the whole, this is a very good and informative read on the problems in atmospheric modeling and the way computers are—and have been—used in the process.

Jeffrey Putnam, Computing Reviews

Looking for More Great Reads?
21 Books You’ve Been Meaning to Read
Get the latest updates about Paul N. Edwards
And go from well-read to best read with book recs, deals and more in your inbox every week.
And go from well-read to best read with book recs, deals and more in your inbox every week.
By clicking “SIGN UP”, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to Penguin Random House’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use and understand that Penguin Random House collects certain categories of personal information for the purposes listed in that policy, discloses, sells, or shares certain personal information and retains personal information in accordance with the policy. You can opt-out of the sale or sharing of personal information anytime.
Something awesome is on its way.
Back to Top