The Hockey Stick Illusion: Climategate and the Corruption of Science

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From Steve McIntyre's earliest attempts to reproduce Michael Mann's Hockey Stick graph, to the explosive publication of his work and the launch of a congressional inquiry, The Hockey Stick Illusion is a remarkable tale of scientific misconduct and amateur sleuthing. It explains the complex science of this most controversial of temperature reconstructions in layperson's language and lays bare the remarkable extent to which climatologists have been willing to break their own rules in order to defend climate ...

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Overview

From Steve McIntyre's earliest attempts to reproduce Michael Mann's Hockey Stick graph, to the explosive publication of his work and the launch of a congressional inquiry, The Hockey Stick Illusion is a remarkable tale of scientific misconduct and amateur sleuthing. It explains the complex science of this most controversial of temperature reconstructions in layperson's language and lays bare the remarkable extent to which climatologists have been willing to break their own rules in order to defend climate science's most famous finding.

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"....one of the best science books in years....deserves to win prizes."
Prospect Magazine

"A rattling good detective story and a detailed and brilliant piece of science writing."
Matt Ridley, The Spectator

"In addition, we can now read in shocking detail the truth of the outrageous efforts made to ensure that the same 2007 report was able to keep on board IPCC's most shameless stunt of all - the notorious 'hockey stick' graph......For a full account see Andrew Montford's The Hockey Stick Illusion."
Christopher Booker, The Sunday Telegraph

Overall it is a good read for anyone following the Global Warming debate. It is well written and references...The argument clearly comes down to the fundamentals of statistics, which can be misconstrued by either side, where views are held passionately.' - Francis McGonigal CMath MIMA
Mathematics Today - Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906768355
  • Publisher: Stacey International
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Pages: 482
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Montford - The author studied chemistry at St Andrews University. He is a respected blogger at Bishop Hill where his layperson's explanations of the Hockey Stick debate have won wide acclaim. He lives in rural Scotland with his wife and three children.

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  • Posted September 26, 2010

    A detailed factual history

    To understand the "science" behind the "Hockey Stick", one needs a basic knowledge about statistics, which the author presents in a simple, easy to understand manner before tackling the details behind this important IPCC poster child. The chronological account details the efforts of Steve McIntyre and Ross McKitrick as they attempt to unravel the "scientific mysteries" surrounding the origin of the "Hockey Stick". Verbatim e-mails and pertinent excepts from scientific papers support a narrative that is written much in the manner of a scientific detective as he (they) attempts to solve data and statistical riddles posed by the deceptive Hockey Team Leader, Michael Mann. The account also delves into the dishonest tactics employed by IPCC Authors to shore up the faulty methodology used to construct the "Hockey Stick". The book was written before Climategate exploded on the Internet, so a final chapter was hastily assembled at the end of the book, since the details exposed by Climategate provided supporting evidence for the conclusions of McIntyre and McKitrick.
    I found the book riveting and read it in 4 days. I was so impressed with the details presented in the book that I purchased a second copy and sent it to my son, a meteorologist, for his birthday.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2014

    Don't take this book at face value! A good book about how anti-

    Don't take this book at face value!

    A good book about how anti-climate change obfuscation is done.  That isn't the goal of this book, though. It is a perpetrator of obfuscation.

    I liked that the book delved a little into the technical side of the critique.  It did make some valid points that were actually confirmed by
    Michael Mann, the originator of the Hockey Stick chart.

    However, it also gave too much credit to such well-known (and documented) climate deniers and liars, James Inhofe and Joe Barton (of
    apology to BP fame).

    I recommend the book to anyone interested in Climate Change science and politics - and the obfuscation that is occurring just like that
    perpetrated by the tobacco industry.

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  • Posted July 8, 2012

    The world needs more courageous people armed with the scientific

    The world needs more courageous people armed with the scientific method debunking the tyranny and pseudoscience surrounding the global warming scare.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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