Useless Arithmetic

  • by Orrin Pilkey, Linda Pilkey-Jarvis
  • Narrated by Gabra Zackman
  • 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This book shows that the quantitative mathematical models policy makers and government administrators use to form environmental policies are seriously flawed. Based on unrealistic and sometimes false assumptions, these models often yield answers that support unwise policies.Writing for the general, nonmathematician reader, the authors begin with a riveting account of the extinction of the North Atlantic cod on the Grand Banks of Canada. The book offers fascinating case studies depicting how the seductiveness of quantitative models has led to unmanageable nuclear waste-disposal practices, poisoned mining sites, unjustifiable faith in predicted sea level rise rates, bad predictions of future shoreline erosion rates, over-optimistic cost estimates of artificial beaches, and a host of other thorny problems.

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What the Critics Say

"This is an easy and persuasive read." (New Scientist)
"This book is a welcome antidote to the blind use of supposedly quantitative models." (American Scientist)

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-10-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios