Letter to the Editor:
Mathematics and global warming

Dear Editor:

The two gentleman who discussed “Global Warming” (The Clermont Sun, Jan. 11, ‘Climate skeptics: Valid reasons to question manmade warming’) leave me in doubt as to their use of mathematics.

For instance, when is a sponge saturated? 

Hence, when is the Earth saturated with carbon gases?

Some will always go into plants as part of photosynthesis.

As to the mathematical example using the difficult concept of logarithms, the Greek had a simpler solution 2300 years ago.

That is, you are two steps away from a person, so you take on step toward them, which is half the distance and then the next step is half that first step. Continue this half-stepping , which becomes physically impossible but not mathematically since you can shrink.

It looks like this:

1 + 1/2 + 1/4 + 1/8 + 1/16 + 1/32 + 1/64 + … + … = in limit 2.

There is a funny variation to this, if you have a rabbit and a turtle.

Let the turtle take the first step and let the rabbit copy that step so that the turtle is always half of the prior step ahead.

Turtle wins!

Just as in law when a violation is too specific to render it useful, mathematics also expresses little reality.


Al Cordish
Bethel, Ohio