Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Applied Mathematics, The University of Western OntarioFormer Director, Program in Theoretical Physics, UWO Former NSERC postdoc at the Canadian Climate Centre's Numerical Modelling Division (GCM) London, Ontario
Believing in Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, and Climate Models
(last presented to "Doctors for Disaster Preparedness" in Albuquerque, New Mexico, July 2011)
This presentation is not what people normally think of when they think of climate talks. It is about how climate is not an engineering problem but a problem of fundamental science, science that we are yet unable to solve.
As Dr. Essex explains in Taken by Storm, the Troubled Science, Policy and Politics of Global Warming (below), "Climate is one of the most challenging open problems in modern science. Some knowledgeable scientists believe that the climate problem can never be solved.”
Many of ideas expressed by climate campaigners such as Al Gore and David Suzuki are the consequences of belief in what Professor Chris Essex and co-author Professor Ross McKitrick (University of Guelph) call the “Doctrine of Certainty”, “a collection of now familiar assertions about climate that are to be accepted without question”. Essex and McKitrick explain, “But the Doctrine is not true. Each assertion is either manifestly false or the claim to know is false."
Professor Chris Essex
"I enjoyed your talk which I thought was the best in the meeting." - November 9, 2011.
Professor Essex is co-author of "Taken by Storm". Clickon the cover above to read excerpts of the 2007 editionof the book. Read the reviews of the book by media and other scientists here and here.
Dr. Christopher Essex is Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Applied Mathematics at The University of Western Ontario. He is a former director of its Theoretical Physics Program.
Essex is known for his pioneering work on the thermodynamics of photon and neutrino radiation. Among many international invitations to speak on this topic, he has taught at the UNESCO advanced school in Udine, Italy, and in 2011 his work was featured at the Joint European Thermodynamics Conference held in Chemnitz, Germany.
Professor Essex is also co-discoverer of the entropy production paradox of anomalous super-diusion. While a guest of the Vatican, he also discovered, modern mathematics (Sierpinski triangles) embedded in the ancient door tiles of the Vatican museum.
Dr. Essex's work also includes applications of dynamical systems theory, such as chaos cryptography, and recently, the limits of modelling and computation, among other applications of mathematics. By invitation, he has organized and participated in meetings held in Erice, Sicily of the World Federation of Scientists (WFS), which is based out of CERN. Professor Essex has co-chaired sessions there with Antonino Zichichi and Nobel Laureate T.D. Lee and he has recently become Chair of the WFS's Permanent Monitoring Panel for Climate. Dr. Essex held an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship from 1982-84 at the Canadian Climate Centre. He also held an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship in Frankfurt, Germany (1986-87). In 2002-03 he was a sabbaticant at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, supported by a Danish National Bank foreign academics program.
Professor Essex is an award-winning teacher and a recipient, with Ross McKitrick, of the $10,000 Donner Prize in 2002 (given annually for the best books on Canadian public policy) for the book Taken by Storm, now in its second edition (left). The book was also a finalist for the 2002 Canadian Science Writers Book Award.
Professor Essex is coauthor with Robert Adams of Calculus: A Complete Course, 7th edition. He was first appointed to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada in 2007 and is now in his second term.
Besides being denounced in Canada's Parliament as a "denier of climate science", Professor Essex has a blessing from the Vatican, and his work has been cited on the floor of the US Senate. Both Leslie Woods and the renowned Princeton physicist and futurist Freeman Dyson have personally instructed Dr. Essex in the much-misunderstood but crucial art of scientific heresy.
September 29, 2011:Listen to Professor Essex on Just Right radio interview, CHRW, 94.9 FM, London, Ontario: "The CERN Experiment - UnCLOUDing The Climate Debate. From A Complicated Moment To A Sense Of Wonderment"
February 22, 2010:Read "A worldwide fervor over climate change orthodoxy: Christopher Essex", published in the Toronto Sun, Toronto, Canada.