Mathematics in the Service of Physical Science:
A mini-symposium to
mark the career of Ian Enting
Over his career, Ian Enting has made considerable contributions in the fields of Climate, Atmospheric Composition and Statistical Physics. The aims of this symposium were to:
- Showcase these contributions in the one place;
- Highlight the role of applied mathematics in these contributions;
- Give some future perspective for the various fields.
Speakers at the symposium were Ian himself, Peter Rayner (the symposium organiser), Paul Krummel, David Etheridge, Roger Francey, Tony Guttmann, Cathy Trudinger, Nathan Clisby, Rachel Law, and Graeme Pearman. There were numerous other attendees, including Gary Newsam who made the trip from Adelaide.
The symposium schedule was:
|9:30||Paul Krummel||Welcome and logistics|
|9:45||Peter Rayner||Introduction and biographical sketch|
|10:00||Roger Francey||Historical perspective I|
|10:05||David Etheridge||Historical perspective II|
|10:15||Tony Guttmann||The quest for solubility|
|11:15||Cathy Trudinger||Past atmospheric composition|
|11:45||Nathan Clisby||Lattice enumeration|
|12:15||Rachel Law||Atmospheric inversions|
|13:45||Peter Rayner||Experimental design|
|14:15||Graeme Pearman||Public engagement|
|14:45||Ian Enting||Are we there yet? Some problems I never managed to solve|
Ian is the author of two books, Inverse problems in Atmospheric Constituent Transport (published in 2002 by Cambridge University Press) and Twisted (published in 2007 by Ian Enting, printed by Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute). Twisted: The distorted mathematics of greenhouse denial, exposes the numerous contradictions in the arguments of the “greenhouse sceptics” and suggests they are far from constituting an alternative to mainstream climate science. Unfortunately, Ian's lovely little book is as relevant in 2015 as it was in 2007.
If you represent an environmental organisation within Australia you are welcome to a free copy of Twisted. To obtain your copy, please send a stamped, self-addressed A4 envelope to Nathan Clisby, MASCOS, 139 Barry St, Carlton VIC 3053. As of May, 2015 postage costs $3.50 (please check postage costs after this date). It may be a good idea to include your contact details (e.g. email address) in the envelope in the event of any problems.
Finally, here are a few photos!
|Ian′s book “Twisted” at 2700m in Aurora Basin camp, Antarctica, 2013.||Bushwalk near Melbourne during TransCom 2001.|
|Cover from IPCC report Climate Change 1994, of which Ian was a lead author.||Photos of Ian from CRCSHM reports: left in 1995, after recently being appointed Program leader of “B2: Greenhouse Gases”, and right in 1996, after a year in the job!|
|Ian carefully inspecting the mass spectrometer at CSIRO.|
This webpage is still under development. If you have any comments or (especially) photos please contact Nathan Clisby (firstname.lastname@example.org).