TY - JOUR

T1 - Mathematics and the Anthropocene equation

T2 - Comment on Gaffney O and Steffen W (2017) The Anthropocene equation. The Anthropocene Review 4:53-61

AU - Heijungs, Reinout

AU - Boersema, Jan J.

AU - Huppes, Gjalt

PY - 2017/12/1

Y1 - 2017/12/1

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

KW - Anthropocene equation

KW - mathematics

KW - rhetorics

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U2 - 10.1177/2053019617742416

DO - 10.1177/2053019617742416

M3 - Comment / Letter to the editor

AN - SCOPUS:85038017647

VL - 4

SP - 259

EP - 263

JO - The Anthropocene Review

JF - The Anthropocene Review

SN - 2053-0196

IS - 3

ER -