May 25, 2007
Why Mathematical Models Just Don't Add Up
Assurances by scientists that the outcome of nature's dynamic processes can be predicted by quantitative mathematical models have created the delusion that we can calculate our way out of our environmental crises. The common use of such models has, in fact, damaged society in a number of ways.
For instance, the 500-year-old cod fishery in the Grand Banks, off Newfoundland, was destroyed by overfishing. That happened in large part because politicians, unable to make painful decisions on