Earthly Order: ‘mercurial professor’ with urgent ideas on climate change

In his ambitious new book, distinguished professor Saleem Ali tries to bridge the gap between politics and science to help plan for a safer future

Saleem Ali – whose Twitter bio begins “Mercurial Professor” – is not trying to be the new Stephen Hawking.

“People buy all these theoretical physics books in droves because they think having them on the shelves will make them look smart,” opines the distinguished professor of energy and the environment at the University of Delaware. “A Brief History of Time is a very difficult book to read.”

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