July 7, 2010

FRANK TIPLER: Writing for PJM Helped Make Me Enemy of the State #38.

The National Academy of Sciences, in its official journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has just published a list of scientists whom it claims should not be believed on the subject of global warming. I am number 38 on the list. The list of 496 is in descending order of scientific credentials.

Professor Freeman Dyson of the Institute for Advanced Study, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the Royal Society, is number 3 on the list. Dyson is a friend of mine and is one of the creators of relativistic quantum field theory; most physicists think he should have shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with Richard Feynman. MIT professor Richard Lindzen, a meteorologist who is also a member of the National Academy, is number 4. Princeton physics professor William Happer, once again a member of the National Academy of Sciences, is number 6.

I’m in good company.

Indeed. Read the whole thing.

UPDATE: Reader William Jamieson writes:

Wouldn’t the fact that they, the NAS, can list almost 500 experts in a very specialized field prove the case against them?

500 is a lot of people to disparage, in any field, I think.

Indeed. And Freeman Dyson and Frank Tipler are pretty potent names compared to, say, Phil Jones.