Letters from the April 7, 2007, issue of Science News

By Science News, 15:56 PM April 15, 2008

Winter wonders

The theory of "nuclear winter" was originally put forward by an Eastern European mathematician in the 1980s ("Sudden Chill," SN: 2/3/07, p. 72). Some months later, it was shown that an error in his original calculations so vastly exaggerated "nuclear winter" as to make it meaningless. Still, the dramatic concept of a "nuclear winter" obviously lives on in the public's mind and now has been taken up, I see, for climate-change advocacy. You do no service to science, nor to the pu...

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