A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming By Paul Edwards (2010) Sometimes the right book comes across one's radar at just the right time. In the course of researching how scientists reuse or contribute "small data" in relationship to infrastructural, scientific, and computing resources, my students and I were struggling with understanding the unique assemblage of data, theory, and algorithms that make up climate science models. I am now part way through this engaging historical account of how climate science produces knowledge, particularly computer models and climate data. The "vast machine" discussed here…
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