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Useless Arithmetic. Why Environmental Scientists Can't Predict the Future. By Orrin H. Pilkey and Linda Pilkey-Jarvis. Columbia University Press, New York, 2007. 246 pp. $29.50, £19. ISBN 9780231132121.
Critiquing a series of examples, the authors argue that many quantitative models only provide a false sense of security and unwarranted confidence in predictions.