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Posted July 8, 2008
Part mountaineering narrative, part primer on climatology, this book tells the tale of a ruggedly independent scientist who bucked the scientific establishment of the time in the search of knowledge. The scientists featured in this book lived and worked on the summits of peaks that other mountaineers would only spend hours or days on. The book is written by a scientist and the language gets a little thick for a layman (like myself), but the work required to understand these sections is rewarded with a more nuanced understanding of climatology.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 20, 2006
I bought this book hoping to learn about global warming and tropical glaciers. Instead the book focused on the social histories of scientists. Being in the medical field I have some scientific background, but the science was poorly explained and did not help me to learn. The scientists themselves were not presented as interesting, multi dimensional people. His descriptions of the locations were good, but too brief to carry the book. Local people were barely acknowledged. This book was a waste of my time and money, unfortunately. This is a book for climatologist insiders.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 25, 2009
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