Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Hockey Stick That Wasn't

A fascinating review of what appears to be a fascinating book. The book, The Hockey Stick Illusion, describes the efforts of one man to double-check the data used to create the (apparently) famous "hockey stick" graph--THE core piece of evidence for those that assert that mean temperature on Earth has risen sharply in the 20th century. Turns out, the graph, as well as most of the subsequent data sets taken from that graph, are mostly wrong. This is a book I would like to read. So, if any of you want to buy me anything, here's your chance.

And while you're at it, I'd also like a credenza. And lawn furniture. And some 1982 Bordeaux.

But I'll settle for the book. Read the review--at minimum because it contains this sentence: "I never thought I would find myself unable to put a book down because—sad, but true—I wanted to know what happened next in an r-squared calculation."

4 comments:

Bryan Guilliams said...

For context: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hockey_stick_controversy

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