Earth's Surprising Climate History - Paul Hoffman
1st annual John Carlson Lecture
October 20, 2011
Paul Hoffman, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology Emeritus at Harvard University, presents "Earth's Surprising Climate History" in which he shares his fascination with the give and take between those who discovered the ancient changes and those struggling to develop theories of climate change. The geological record shows that Earth's climate has changed in dramatic and surprising ways: Hoffman's story ranges from the beginnings of climate change as a science to his own involvement in the controversy over the ultimate climatic disturbance: snowball Earth.
More than 400 people, including many high school students, attended this, the first John Carlson lecture, sponsored by the School of Science.
The Carlson is intended to communicate exciting new results in climate science to the general public. Free of charge, the lecture was made possible by a generous gift from MIT alumnus John H. Carlson to the Lorenz Center at MIT.