The Primacy of Doubt: From Quantum Physics to Climate Change, How the Science of Uncertainty Can Help Us Understand Our Chaotic World

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6.33 X 9.44 X 1.14 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author
Tim Palmer, FRS, CBE is a Royal Society Research Professor in the department of physics at the University of Oxford. He pioneered the development of operational ensemble weather and climate forecasting, and in 2007, he was formally recognized as having contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Nobel Peace Prize. Palmer is a Commander of the British Empire, a fellow of the Royal Society and the National Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the Institute of Physics' Dirac Gold Medal. He lives near Oxford, UK.
"Tim Palmer is a scientific polymath. It's hard to think of anyone else who could have written so authoritatively-- and so accessibly--on themes extending from quantum gravity to climate modelling. This fascinating and important book offers some profoundly original speculations on conceptual linkages across different sciences."
--Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal of the United Kingdom
"Tim Palmer's book The Primacy of Doubt provides a remarkably broad-ranging account of uncertainty in physics, in all its various aspects. I strongly recommend this highly thought-provoking book."--Roger Penrose, winner of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics
"In a whirlwind of a book that's partly scientific autobiography and partly the manifesto of a visionary, Tim Palmer masterfully weaves together climate change and quantum mechanics into one coherent whole. Using uncertainty as a unifying principle, Palmer puts forward new perspectives on old problems. A revolutionary thinker way ahead of his time."
--Sabine Hossenfelder, author of Existential Physics and Lost in Math
"The Primacy of Doubt is an important book by one of the pioneers of dynamical weather prediction, indispensable for daily life, describing how the approach can be used for prediction in other areas, such as climate, health, economy, and conflict."--Suki Manabe, winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics