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Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control Hardcover – Sep 23 2010

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  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (Sept. 2 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780231144124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231144124
  • ASIN: 0231144121
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,386,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Current hopes for a technological answer to global warming are not an altogether new quest; they echo a rich history of attempts to work upon the weather. James Rodger Fleming explores this history thoroughly, parading a colorful variety of scientists, visionaries, and charlatans who reveal important lessons about our past-and possible future. (Spencer Weart, author of The Discovery of Global Warming)

With humanity's planetary impact reaching a Richter scale equivalent, what seem to be quick fixes become exceedingly tempting. Fixing the Sky's historical insights are a revelation—an anchor and essential base from which to consider addressing the greatest challenge in the history of our species. (Thomas E. Lovejoy, George Mason University and The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment)

James Rodger Fleming's book is a kind of tour de folie, an authoritative recounting over two centuries of weather changers and climate controllers, rainmakers and rain fakers, and cloud seeders and fog dissolvers. All in all, an engrossing work about vain hopes and technological hubris—as well as a cautionary tale to anyone concerned with attempts to engineer the planet. (Dan Kevles, Yale University)

Provides an essential foundation for understanding the long and dubious scientific tradition from which plans for climate control hail. (W. Patrick McCray Science)

Fixing the Sky is a very readable, in-depth popular account of the history of weather modification, ranging from myth and movies to experiments, commercial ventures, and proposals for the future control of weather and climate.... Recommended.Choice (Choice)

Provides a detailed account of weather modification.... The topic is an important one, and the book is relevant for scientists, stakeholders, policy makers, and concerned citizens alike. (Rasmus E. Benestad American Scientist)

The topic is an important one, the book is relevant for scientists, stake-holders, policy makers, and concerned citizens alike. (Sigma Xi (Reprint of American Scientist Review))

I recommend this book to those interested in weather and climate modification and the history of applied meteorology. (The Weather Doctor Blog)

Fleming has provided another valuable contribution to the still tiny but emerging historiography of global warming. (Sam White Monthly Review)

An entertaining book about a serious issue. (Gail Cooper Technology and Culture)

About the Author

James Rodger Fleming is a historian of science and technology and professor of science, technology, and society at Colby College. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), elected "for pioneering studies on the history of meteorology and climate change and for the advancement of historical work within meteorological societies," and a fellow at the American Meteorological Society. He recently held the Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History at the Smithsonian Institution and the AAAS Roger Revelle Fellowship in Global Stewardship while a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He enjoys fishing, good jazz, good barbecue, seeing students flourish, building a community of historians of the geosciences, and connecting the history of science and technology with public policy.

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