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Uncertain Science…Uncertain World

November 9, 2005
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jeff Seaver
Phone: (616) 892-9300
Email: jeff@cfimichigan.org


Our topic for this meeting was Uncertain Science… Uncertain World, presented by Henry Pollack, PhD, Dept. of Geological Sciences, University of Michigan and author of the book by the same title as his presentation (Cambridge University Press). The confusion arises when scientists have more than one answer, and disagree among themselves. By acquainting readers with the ways that uncertainty arises in science, how scientists accommodate and make use of uncertainty, and how they reach conclusions in the face of uncertainty, Dr. Pollack’s book enables them to confidently evaluate uncertainty from their own perspectives, in terms of their experiences.

About Henry Pollack, PhD

Professor of Geological Sciences, University of Michigan

Henry N. Pollack, Ph.D., has been a Professor of Geophysics at the University of Michigan for more than 40 years. Among his numerous publications is Uncertain Science…Uncertain World, published by Cambridge University Press in 2003. In the scientific community, he has earned a reputation as one of the world’s leading experts on the temperature of the Earth, both today and in the geological past. An award-winning teacher with a gift for explaining science to non-scientists, Pollack has taken a special interest in helping leaders in government, business, and the general public understand the scientific developments associated with global climate change. His specialties involve geophysics, global change, paleoclimate, geodynamics, and tectonophysics.