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Svante Arrhenius’ Eternal Cosmos

Helge Kragh

in Masters of the Universe: Conversations with Cosmologists of the Past

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780198722892
eISBN:
9780191789564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722892.003.0002
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

The interview of 1916 with Svante Arrhenius, a famous Swedish physical chemist and Nobel Prize recipient, deals with his ideas concerning cosmology and so-called “cosmical physics.” Arrhenius argued ... More


Tedious Calculations of Extraordinary Interest

James Lawrence Powell

in Four Revolutions in the Earth Sciences: From Heresy to Truth

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164481
eISBN:
9780231538459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164481.003.0031
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter focuses on scientific endeavors to calculate how much radiation the carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere absorbs and so determine the effect of changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide ... More


Discovery of Global Warming

James Lawrence Powell

in The Inquisition of Climate Science

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231157193
eISBN:
9780231527842
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231157193.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Environmental Politics

This chapter discusses the historical development of the theory of global warming. The origins of our understanding that gases in the atmosphere influence climate can be traced back to 1824, when a ... More


Destructive Criticism

James Lawrence Powell

in Four Revolutions in the Earth Sciences: From Heresy to Truth

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164481
eISBN:
9780231538459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164481.003.0032
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter discusses the demise of Svante Arrhenius's theory that he proposed to account for the ice ages. In the 1890s, as Arrhenius was making his onerous calculations, scientists like Samuel ... More


Why Climate-Change Skeptics Are Wrong

Kristin Shrader-Frechette

in What Will Work: Fighting Climate Change with Renewable Energy, Not Nuclear Power

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199794638
eISBN:
9780199919277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794638.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Chapter 1 begins by stressing the severity of climate change (CC) and showing how, contrary to popular belief, atomic energy is not a viable solution to ... More


The Greenhouse Effect: From Curiosity to Threat

James Lawrence Powell

in The Inquisition of Climate Science

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231157193
eISBN:
9780231527842
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231157193.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Environmental Politics

This chapter discusses how the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide turned from curiosity into a threat. In February 1965, President Lyndon Johnson became the first U.S. president to caution about the ... More


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