Mathematics and the Anthropocene equation: Comment on Gaffney O and Steffen W (2017) The Anthropocene equation. The Anthropocene Review 4:53-61

Reinout Heijungs*, Jan J. Boersema, Gjalt Huppes

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to JournalComment / Letter to the editorAcademic

Abstract

A recent paper in The Anthropocene Review introduces an ‘Anthropocene equation’, which is assumed to model the Anthropocene. While welcoming mathematical treatment as such, we criticize the specific approach for being sloppy, wrong and empty. While the use of mathematics in the criticized paper suggests a high level of scientific rigor, it actually weakens the message rather than strengthens it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-263
Number of pages5
JournalThe Anthropocene Review
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • Anthropocene equation
  • mathematics
  • rhetorics

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