Online Petition: The next significant solar minimum should be called “The Eddy Minimum”

If "The Eddy Minimum" seems right to you for the name of the next solar minimum, sign the petition

If "The Eddy Minimum" seems right to you for the name of the next significant solar minimum, please consider signing the petition.

Link to sign the petition (don’t use handles please)

Jack Eddy was a solar scientist who discovered the sunspot period known as “Maunder Minimum” in the 1970’s, and despite intense academic pressure of the consensus then, argued that this demonstrated that our sun was not constant, but indeed a slightly variable star.

A humble man, he didn’t even name his discovery after himself as some scientists are known to do.

Jack Eddy recently passed away, as announced on WUWT here

Fellow solar astronomer and friend Dr. Leif Svalgaard announced his plan to present this idea formally in comments there:

At the Solar Physics Division [of the American Astronomical Society] next week in Boulder, CO, I will formally request that if a significant solar minimum materializes that it be called the “Eddy Minimum”

If you support this idea, please sign the petition so that Leif can present it with his formal request.

Also dear readers,  please link this post and/or the petition to the science (and other) blogs you frequent on a regular basis. Thanks – Anthony

UPDATE: We have 50 signatures in the first half hour. Also just an FYI, don’t sign using a “handle”, or I’ll have to delete the entry as invalid. I’ll provide the complete list in a few days, with names only, no emails. Also if you want to leave an affiliation or title, use the “comments” window of the petition. Thanks – Anthony

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88 thoughts on “Online Petition: The next significant solar minimum should be called “The Eddy Minimum”

  1. Anybody can edit Wikipedia, Anthony, what do you need done?

    REPLY: Just update the birth and death dates, and provide links to relevant current news, perhaps the interview and petition, and maybe post the photo. I’d do it myself but Wiki Climate Cops Kim Petersen and William Connolley would likely delete it simply because my name is attached to the edit. Thanks, Anthony

  2. Leif,
    I don’t like to press you, you good fella,
    but when somebody here is capable to do the best to edit the wikipedia entry of Jack Eddy, I feel it should be your job. By admitting, it’s not an easy one, maybe filled with tears. But I can’t think about somebody else who could do it.

    “The good ones always are leaving much to soon,
    our duty is to successfully try to fill their emptied boots”
    (KlausB)

    Best Regards

    KlausB

  3. ” I am the tomb of one shipwrecked,
    but sail thou.
    Even while we were perished
    the other ships sailed on
    across the sea”

    (Greek Anthology, Ulysses)

  4. Are they just counting the magnetic dipoles now? The SSN is 12 according to the sun stats. on this site and the only dark spots on the yellow-orange MDI image are dead pixels.

    Does it seem to you the sun doesn’t feel as intense outside as in previous years, right now in Wichita the main reason I seem to get hot outside is not neccesarily the Sun beating down on you compared to the factor that is the humidity. If this is a logical observation then you’d think the Sun would then have just a tiny bit less power to burn away clouds among other things? You’d think the tropics would also see the effects of a grand minimum first because that’s where the sun is most intense and the heat is the most direct?

  5. Anyway, after that said, I support the calling of the next grand minimum after him though I’m not sure of signing online petitions, may his work and contributions be known well into the future

  6. Dr. Svalgaard has a great idea and I will support the designation of “The Eddy Minimum” for the next grand solar minimum. I was looking forward to naming it “The Gore Minimum” in honor of the great Nobel Prize Laureate but Dr. Eddy is clearly more deserving and I would not be serious if I used the latter term.

    Has any thought been given to a scholarship in Dr. Eddy’s memory?

    Mike

  7. Adam from Kansas (13:46:25) :
    Does it seem to you the sun doesn’t feel as intense outside as in
    previous years. . .

    The only time I go outside in Houston is to reset the AC circuit breaker when it pops from being overloaded. It has been a darn boring time for us sunspot watchers.

  8. I just expanded the wikipedia article on Eddy based on his interview with Spencer Weart and other references. Also corrected what his wife requested.

    REPLY:
    Thanks Mike, you da man. Can I ask one more favor? A link to this petition post on WUWT? I’m sure a lot of people will read that Wiki entry soon, and the exposure would be helpful for Leif’s effort. – Anthony

  9. Does it seem to you the sun doesn’t feel as intense outside as in previous years..

    :) I thought that was just me. I have noticed a change in the rainbows that my crystals are throwing though. They were throwing a sort of washed rainbow in years passed but are beautiful and well defined today. Boy I sound like a weirdo … :D

  10. Mike,
    I am with you completely.
    This is one of the hottest heat waves for this time of year in Houston I can recall.

  11. I’ve been talking to people that think it should be called the “Gore-Hansen” minimum.

    That’s in reference to the views of Al Gore and his buddy Jim (?) Hansen who are bound and determined that we’re going to have global warming whether the sun cooperates or NOT.

    REPLY: These two guys (Hansen/Gore) have all sorts of accolades and wads of cash thrown at them. Gore produced an error-ridden sensationalized slide show, and Hansen defends criminals that vandalize power plants. Do these guys really deserve another award? – Anthony

  12. “Thanks Mike, you da man. Can I ask one more favor? A link to this petition post on WUWT? I’m sure a lot of people will read that Wiki entry soon, and the exposure would be helpful for Leif’s effort. – Anthony”

    Done.

  13. No need to honour Gore and Hansen further, I’ve already done it by labeling the smallest room in my humble abode the “Gore-Hansen Suite”.

  14. Yeah, the Wikipedia AGW defenders are interesting. I didn’t discover this and other blogs until the AGW defenders claimed I was merely echoing what I was reading on these blogs which they consider harmful. The results of their editing are increasingly amusing.

    REPLY: Here’s the kind of stuff that goes on, William Connolley objects to the Scaffeta and West paper referenced in the Wiki section on Solar Variation

    21:18, 7 June 2009 William M. Connolley (talk | contribs) (63,744 bytes) (Undid revision 294874813 by Dikstr (talk) like I said: S+W is worse than nothing)

    Apparently some peer reviewed papers are “worse than nothing” if these two “climate cops” disagree with it.

    Maybe the next petition I’ll start is to get Peterson and Connolley banned from Wiki for excessive heavy handed censorship. They are poster children for abuse of the process, pushing out all other ideas except theirs. – Anthony

  15. Biological taxonomists frequently name new species in honor of someone else and it’s considered bad form to name one after yourself or someone undeserving of honor. Of course there are exceptions: a species named enesseffi for the National Science Foundation (NSF), the funder of the research, and a dinosaur species named marknoffleri after the Dire Straits musician because the namer really liked his music. Silliness in this case should be out of the question; Jack Eddy seems very deserving of the honor.

  16. btw I’d appreciate it if someone could post a full publishing history of Eddy so I can add it to the wiki article on him. thanks.

  17. “REPLY: Just update the birth and death dates, and provide links to relevant current news, perhaps the interview and petition, and maybe post the photo. I’d do it myself but Wiki Climate Cops Kim Petersen and William Connolley would likely delete it simply because my name is attached to the edit. Thanks, Anthony”

    I know how that is. I won’t go into why on a public forum, but suffice to say the lefty editors and admins there gang up on anybody whose contributions conflict with their idea of what consensus reality should be, and they get to decide what constitutes a neutral point of view on everything. These days I post anonymously on generally safe noncontroversial topics and do so properly so nobody can dispute my contributions as pov or original research or whatever other excuses they have in their pocket to deny contributions by people they dont approve of.

  18. Just signed the petition.

    OT: Hunter & Mike: San Antonio is as bad as Houston.
    Yesterday: 101°F (“feels like” 109°F).
    Today (right now): 102 °F (“feels like” 108°F).
    More forecast for tomorrow.

  19. Here’s the flow chart:

    NASA/GISS Director: James Hansen

    Hansen’s subordinate: Gavin Schmidt

    Gavin Schmidt and Michael Mann [of the discredited "hockey stick"] are the censors/editors for RealClimate

    GISS Modeler: Gavin Schmidt [Mr. "Upward Adjustment"]

    RealClimate contributor: William Connolley

    Wikipedia editor/censor: William Connolley

    Most of this is charged to the taxpayers. See the problem?

  20. I think this is a great idea.

    But with another day with absolutely no sunspots being given a 12, and several days recently when there was no spots, but yet still got a number, I’m not sure the scientist that measure this stuff will allow a minimum.

  21. Leif’s petition asks “that if a significant solar minimum materializes that it be called the “Eddy Minimum”.”

    Let’s be patient and ensure that a minimum named after Jack Eddy is significant and not a derisory dimple soon to be forgotten.

    If a significant minimum does not materialize then perhaps some other means can be found to honour his name.

  22. If minima cause famine, shortened growing seasons, extreme cold and other problems, I would suggest naming the unnamed Modern Maxima after him.

  23. “No need to honour Gore and Hansen further, I’ve already done it by labeling the smallest room in my humble abode the “Gore-Hansen Suite”.

    Me too. It used to be known as the excess carbon sequestration module, but now its just the Gore-Hansen Nobelator.

  24. Signed it, and I will update my Deep Solar Minimum pages to unofficially ascribe the current minimum to Eddy.

  25. David (16:05:00) :

    I think this is a great idea.

    But with another day with absolutely no sunspots being given a 12, and several days recently when there was no spots, but yet still got a number, I’m not sure the scientist that measure this stuff will allow a minimum.

    I agree with both sentiments, this might end up being named the Windex maximum.

  26. I just added the links to Google Scholar and Google Books on Dr. Eddy’s Wikipedia Page External Links section.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Eddy#External_links

    Searches were done using “J A Eddy” because that is how Dr. Eddy’s papers are signed. I attempted to limit the searches to the physical sciences but quickly discovered that Dr. Eddy published in a number of disciplines. There are a few false hits but not many.

    I added the “Infobox Scientist” macro to the Wikipedia page but need a picture of Dr. Eddy.
    The best photograph of Dr. Eddy is the one Anthony used but we will need permission to add it Wikipedia:

    http://www.aip.org/history/climate/eddy1.htm

    Could someone at the AIP put it into Wikimedia public domain or can we get a picture from the family?

    Has anyone been able to find an official obituary?

    Here is what the Jack Eddy Wikipedia page looks like now:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Eddy

    Mike

  27. Wiki Pedded … William M. Connelly is an idiot period exclamation mark. I’ve tangled with him over that other person I have a fondness for that saw variation in the sun when I tried to modify their ridiculous entry. I managed to put a bit of stuff about the West Antarctic that he didn’t notice for 6 months. Wiki is really a social consensus sandbox with granny spies trained by Mao to keep you seeing inward to the right dogma.

    I’m fine with ‘Eddy Minimum’. It appears he has more universal appeal among those actively pursuing these matters. I will sign the petition.

    My other choices were Landscheidt or Jose Minimum … but I defer on this issue to Lief ;)

  28. Not to be boring or anything, but solar climatic events are generally named after the person who either predicted them (in the future) or described them (from the past). In that sense, Jack Eddy fails to qualify for the next solar minimum as he did not predict it.

    That honour should go to the person who did, which was Theodor Landscheidt, IF the predicted collapse of the solar cycle does occur (and we won’t know for sure until 2040).

    At the moment we don’t have a single theory about what will happen for the next solar cycle, and every prediction made so far that has been testable (ie those who predicted the beginning of the next cycle) has been wrong. We don’t know if Leif Svalgaard’s hypothesis is right or wrong until 2013 or 2014, and we won’t know if Svalgaard got lucky until after the maximum of Solar Cycle 25 which will be in the middle of the 2020s.

    I think Jack Eddy could be honoured in other ways without resorting to online petitions to name spceulative future events.

  29. I am amazed, after reading about his life, he was able to totally revive his career with one paper 20 years after earning his PhD. Prior to that his career seemed to be circling the drain due to his stubborn insistence on doing interdisciplinary work that offended the established orthodoxy of scientific specialization. His work is an example about how one scientist writing one paper can upset an entire orthodoxy of accepted truth and ‘scientific consensus’ really is meaningless when the consensus is wrong.

  30. OK, went and done it. Will abandon my previous favorite sons.

    Anyway, it’s looking as of the favorite sun candidate just may have the last word.

  31. I found Dr. Eddy’s PHD Thesis:

    http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1962PhDT………2E

    The Stratospheric Solar Aureole.
    Eddy, John Allen
    Thesis (PH.D.)–UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER, 1962.Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 23-03, page: 0793.

    Should we be using Jack Eddy or John Allen Eddy in his Wikipedia write-up? I am trying to load all of the papers found in Google Scholar into a matrix format.

    With the title of the thesis from Google I found the thesis abstract:

    http://oai.dtic.mil/oai/oai?verb=getRecord&metadataPrefix=html&identifier=AD0272576

    Accession Number : AD0272576

    Title : THE STRATOSPHERIC SOLAR AUREOLE

    Abstract : The theory of light scattering by small particles is summarized to develop the formulae needed to interpret solar aureole data obtained in balloon flights at stratospheric altitudes. Included are the Rayleihg law for small particles, the Chandrasekhar solution of the planetary scattering problem, and the Mie theory for large particle scattering. Observations cover the wavelength range from 0.37 to 0.79 micron at the scattering angle 2.4 degrees, and over the altitude range from 42,000 ft. to 80,000 ft. The findings suggest that the form of the particle size distribution chang s with altitude, becoming a steeper function of particle radius at higher altitudes.

    We can add this to the Wikipedia page.

    Mike

  32. Hans Erren (14:12:52) :

    I thought we agreed already on “Landscheidt Minimum”, as he was the first to predict it.

    REPLY: We had a poll, here:

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/04/22/wuwt-poll-what-should-we-call-the-current-solar-minimum/

    “Svalgaard Minimum” won with 1220 votes, 49%. Leif has decided to present “The Eddy Minimum” at the next conference, even though his name was the clear winner. Thus I think we should honor and support his request. – Anthony

    Jack Eddy was no doubt a great man, but I agree with Hans & John A. The previous poll was merely for comic relief and did not include all the participants that deserve naming rights including Landscheidt and Jose, and although Leif is a reputable solar physicist, he has never predicted a solar grand minimum and should not be included.

    My recollection of the pole had an overwhelming mention of Landscheidt, but no ability to vote for him.

    Its great to honor the man but I think WUWT has gone too far this time.

  33. I especially like the interdisciplinary aspect of Jack Eddy. Too much specialization prevents any one person from being able to see the “bigger picture”. This is another example of why transparency is vital to science. So the connections can be made. My own analogy would be playing music. For many years I learned to “break music apart” by focusing on the individual instruments. This was great when learning a song by ear, but rendered me unable to listen to piece of music without breaking it apart. I had to take a step back and just “hear the music”. In the greatest pieces of music, the sum is far greater than the individual parts. I think much of science today is not listening to the whole “piece of music”. My humble opinion only.

  34. Done. Could someone remind me of the reasoning behind foreseeing a significant solar minimum in the cycles ahead ? Thanks

  35. Paul R (18:18:17) :

    day Gr# Wolf#
    06/01, 0.8, 16
    06/02, 0.8, 17
    06/03, 0.8, 15
    06/04, 0.8, 13
    06/05, 0.3, 5
    06/06, 0.0, 0
    06/07, 0.0, 0
    06/08, 0.7, 8
    06/09, 0.7, 8
    06/10, 0.0, 0
    06/11, 0.0, 0
    06/12, 0.0, 0

    Simply zero out the days with Group # less than .5, and you toss the pores out with the bathwater. If the “Officials” can’t do the math, let the amatuers show them how it’s done.

  36. Adam from Kansas (13:46:25) :
    Does it seem to you the sun doesn’t feel as intense outside as in
    previous years. . .

    I’ve noticed that as well. Even on occasional ‘hot’ days doesn’t seem to be burning the way it used to! Psychological?

    David UK

  37. Sorry, but I still go with ‘Gore Minimum’ – just to rub it in if the temp dips to coincide. Cooling Deniers wouldn’t be able to miss the point.

  38. The sun is indeed a very variable star and it has been increasing in radiance for the last four billion years at least.

    Odd then that during the years of the dinosaur temperatures were much warmer than they are today.

    This leads me to logically conclude the earth temperatures are more influenced by what is happening to the earth rather than the sun.

    So tectonic planet movement, vulcanicity, meteor/asteroid impacts, earth’s orbit of the sun, tilt of the earth, ocean currents, the impact of carbon-based life forms, etc have far more effect on global temperatures than solar changes.

    After all temperatures at the centre of the earth are hotter than those at the surface of the sun. And which is the nearer?

  39. I’ll have to agree with Geoff. I have no horse in this race, was merely one more to submit Landscheit in the comments in the original thread. If Eddy is so honored, good for his legacy, but for Leif to win the poll was, imo, an exercise in obeisance. If he hadn’t been so generous with his time here it never would have happened.

  40. Anthony,

    If someone was to send me a bio of Eddy privately I would merge the material into the present article and guard it from reverts from Kim Dabelstein Petersen as best I can.

  41. “After all temperatures at the centre of the earth are hotter than those at the surface of the sun.”
    Whose estimate of the Earth’s core did you use? Any idea what they based their estimate on?
    Which ‘surface of the Sun’ are we referring to?

  42. From Spencer Weart’s interview with Jack in 1999:
    WEART: Right. So how did you come on giving it this felicitous title of “The Maunder Minimum?”

    EDDY: I knew I had a lot of selling to do if people were to accept the notion of such irregularity in the Sun, and I sought a name that people would remember, “Maunder Minimum”, with all those m’s had a kind of onomatopoeia.

    WEART: You just like the ring of it. By this time you clearly had some experience in writing. You’d been writing for National Geographic and so on.

    EDDY: I like words.

    The Maunder Minimum probably should have been called the Eddy Minimum, but this was as much about honoring a scientist as it was about “selling an idea”.
    So, it is only fitting and proper to name the next grand minimum after Jack Eddy, which is who I voted for. The next grand minimum, based on the 80-90- year Gleissberg cycle probably won’t be until 2030, though.

  43. Geoff Sharp (21:31:47) :
    I thought we agreed already on “Landscheidt Minimum”, as he was the first to predict it.
    Lanscheidt predicted that 1990 would be the Grand Minimum year. When that didn’t pan out, he [like Hathaway] just modies the theory to fit. I modestly only predicted that solar cycle 24 would be the smallest in a hundred years. Ken Schatten has predicted a return to Maunder Minimum conditions.

    My recollection of the pole had an overwhelming mention of Landscheidt, but no ability to vote for him.
    There was an ‘other’ category. Use that.

    The naming of Grand Minima is not an ‘official’ thing. In the past [and that is a good tradition] the naming honors person with outstanding contributions to general solar science. Landscheidt and similar ilk only spread pseudo-science.

  44. Leif Svalgaard (07:50:11) :
    The naming of Grand Minima is not an ‘official’ thing. In the past [and that is a good tradition] the naming honors person with outstanding contributions to general solar science. Landscheidt and similar ilk only spread pseudo-science.
    Ever since Doug Biesecker started to call it the Svalgaard Minimum, I have resisted this.

  45. Grumbler (00:21:54) :

    Adam from Kansas (13:46:25) :
    Does it seem to you the sun doesn’t feel as intense outside as in
    previous years. . .

    I’ve noticed that as well. Even on occasional ‘hot’ days doesn’t seem to be burning the way it used to! Psychological?

    David UK

    That would be 100% psychological.

    REPLY: The complimentary psychological claim would be if some person suggested they can smell increased CO2 in the air. “It just doesn’t smell the same this year…” Though, I have no doubt we’ll see a news story along those lines someday. – Anthony

  46. ” dennis ward (02:37:33) :

    The sun is indeed a very variable star and it has been increasing in radiance for the last four billion years at least.

    Odd then that during the years of the dinosaur temperatures were much warmer than they are today.

    This leads me to logically conclude the earth temperatures are more influenced by what is happening to the earth rather than the sun. ”

    You would be wrong. You need to look at the atmospheric pressure during the dino age. It turns out that in order for dinos to live and run/walk with such huge bodies, the atmo had to be m uch denser to provide some bouyancy as well as more O2 to breathe. Denser atmo was also required in order for pteranodon type creatures to be able to fly, even to get off the ground.

    Denser atmo obviously means greater greenhouse effects, more heat retention. Estimates I’ve seen say the atmo was 6-8 times as dense in the cretaceous period as today.

  47. AKD (08:09:15) :

    “Does it seem to you the sun doesn’t feel as intense outside as in
    previous years. . .”

    “I’ve noticed that as well. Even on occasional ‘hot’ days doesn’t seem to be burning the way it used to! Psychological?”

    That would be 100% psychological.

    I’ve noticed the sun feeling cooler too; I’d also noticed in the hot years a while back that the Sun felt hotter; we discussed it at that time, without a clue as to sunspots or Science, so I remember.

  48. well, it would be an “award” that would more likely draw attention to their infamy in history (speaking of calling this the “gore-hansen” minimum, if it indeed comes to pass.

  49. Naw, I disagree with this 100%. The honor should go to Ted Landscheidt. He was the first one to publicly predict it and put his name on the prediction, not too many years before his death. As the first one to predict it, he deserves it. Yes, Eddy did a lot of good things … but coming in second to Ted should win the second place contestant absolutely nothing.

    In addition, Eddy didn’t predict the solar minimum … doesn’t detract from his many accomplishments, but if anyone deserves the honor, it’s Ted Landscheidt.

    Finally, you’re swimming upstream here. The minimum is already called the “Landscheidt Minimum” by many people, myself included. I am absolutely stunned that your poll doesn’t even contain his name … watts up with that?

    w.

  50. Leif Svalgaard (07:50:11) :

    Lanscheidt predicted that 1990 would be the Grand Minimum year. When that didn’t pan out, he [like Hathaway] just modies the theory to fit. I modestly only predicted that solar cycle 24 would be the smallest in a hundred years. Ken Schatten has predicted a return to Maunder Minimum conditions.

    That was back in 1981 when Landscheidt made that prediction, it took him some time to formulate his theory that now stands the test of time.

    Schatten predicted a SSN of 80+/-30 (what a fudge factor) in 2005 and you predicted something similar in the same year (publication dates), this is hardly a grand minimum. Landscheidt’s prediction for grand minimum was 2003. Landscheidt and Jose(1965) set the ground work, much has been learned since these great men passed away enabling us to predict very accurately…as can be seen my this 200 year solar prediction.

    http://landscheidt.auditblogs.com/2009/06/04/200-year-solar-cycle-prediction/

    My recollection of the pole had an overwhelming mention of Landscheidt, but no ability to vote for him.
    ———————
    There was an ‘other’ category. Use that.

    You have to be kidding me….that sounds like a fair and just way to run a poll..
    I accuse you and Anthony of a “white wash” on this issue, by not giving the public the chance to vote properly and using less than honest headlines…Eddy did not discover the Maunder Minimum.

    At the End of the Day I doubt whether you both will be taken seriously.

    The naming of Grand Minima is not an ‘official’ thing. In the past [and that is a good tradition] the naming honors person with outstanding contributions to general solar science. Landscheidt and similar ilk only spread pseudo-science.

    This is an example of the fear created by the overwhelming accuracy of the next grand minimum predicted by planetary theory. The writing is on the wall and planetary theory will be accepted before the naming rights are allocated….you can try and rush it through, taking advantage of circumstances but it will all be in vain.

    Ever since Doug Biesecker started to call it the Svalgaard Minimum, I have resisted this.

    The fact that you would accept a grand minimum after your name and you had nothing to do with any prediction just goes to show the size of your ego.

  51. Anthony, I must confess, I don’t like this whole procedure. You are using your scientific blog to pursue Leif’s private agenda. You offer us no opportunity to sign a petition opposing Leif’s action. And when you had a poll on the issue, you didn’t even include Landscheidt’s name … watts up with that?

    Sure, you will get people who will sign the petition … but that’s like having an election with only one candidate. The candidate will assuredly win, but that means nothing about what the voters might prefer. Does anyone truly think that there is a “consensus” out there to name the minimum after Jack Eddy? He was a superb scientist, and a good man, but … what does that have to do with the upcoming minimum?

    Those of us who have been involved in this issue for a long while remember when Theodore Landscheidt predicted this minimum around two decades ago, and got nothing but shit for it from the AGW crowd. The suggestion has come up over the last decade or so from many people, myself included, to name the minimum after Ted.

    And now you are joining with the AGW folks to attack Ted again, in order to deprive him of his very belated, but definitely very deserved, acknowledgement. I fear that all that will do is tarnish, not Ted’s memory, not Jack’s memory, but yours and Leif’s … and I would not wish that on either of you, as you are also good scientists and good men.

    w.

  52. Despite the hyperbole above in the original post, Jack Eddy did not “discover the sunspot period called the Maunder Minimum”. In his own words:

    And, you know, the temptation was to think that it might someday be called the “Eddy Minimum”: that is, to call it nothing in the hope that someone else would do that. But being from Nebraska, I could never do anything like that. I also knew I wasn’t the first to find it, and it wasn’t really mine. I think I did quite a bit for Maunder with that name. Particularly because he also got the idea from somebody else. He got it from Sporer who was a German astronomer. So, among the shots I took after publishing the paper were some from Germany that said, “You know, you really named it after the wrong person.” Which I knew very well.

    Note the part where he says “I wasn’t the first to find it, and it wasn’t really mine”?

    Look, Jack Eddy by all accounts was a great scientist and a great guy. But claiming that he discovered the Maunder Minimum is nonsense. It was discovered by Sporer and by Maunder, not by Jack Eddy.

    w.

    REPLY: Perhaps so, but without his pioneering work to catalog the raw data from Maunder/Sporer, challenge it thoroughly (trying to make it go away) and writing a publication on it, it would have likely been relegated to the dustbin of history. The old sunspot data had been all but forgotten by science for quite some time until Jack resurrected it and gave it a new life. Perhaps a more appropriate term is “rediscover”.

    I have a distaste for Landschiedt, mainly due to the astrology stuff that circles around his work. Such as this:

    http://www.astrology-books.com/store/Landscheidt_%20Theodore.html

    While he may not have intended for that to happen, had he chosen a different tact in publishing, he may have gotten further and avoided such associations today. That’s the PR battle you have with me and many other people.

    I know that you and Geoff Sharp feel very strongly about Landscheidt, that’s fine. But I don’t see it the same way as you do. And, I don’t care to turn this tribute to Jack Eddy into a shouting match over who’s right/who’s wrong. It is the wrong time.

    If Landschiedt has the respect of the solar community, I’m sure somebody will raise the same questions at that time when Leif proposes the idea. You have options, send a letter, talk to another scientist attending to make a pitch there, but please don’t insist I do a 180 here on WUWT for something I believe in just because you think your candidate is better suited.

    Barbara Eddy came here, on the day of his funeral, thanked us, and asked for some help in getting things changed to tell his story. Out of respect for her I ask that you take this conversation to email, and make your pitches using the methods I’ve outlined above.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    – Anthony

  53. Geoff Sharp (19:12:05) :
    Schatten predicted a SSN of 80+/-30 (what a fudge factor) in 2005 and you predicted something similar in the same year (publication dates), this is hardly a grand minimum. Landscheidt’s prediction for grand minimum was 2003.
    Which was also my timing “If the next couple of solar cycles (as
    expected) turn out to be very weak, we may be able to
    constrain the estimates by real data” form my 2003 paper http://www.leif.org/research/Determination%20IMF,%20SW,%20EUV,%201890-2003.pdf
    But that is not really important, as it’s not going to be a Grand Minimum, just a couple of smallish cycles. And observationally, we are not in a Grand Minimum yet.

    “Ever since Doug Biesecker started to call it the Svalgaard Minimum, I have resisted this.”
    The fact that you would accept a grand minimum after your name

    seems to contradict what you quoted of what I said.

    Willis Eschenbach (20:41:41) :
    Those of us who have been involved in this issue for a long while remember when Theodore Landscheidt predicted this minimum around two decades ago
    Which turned out wrong. It is easy to fiddle with the theory as you go along [to 'discover' new facets of it] to make it fit the changing data. The naming of solar minima traditionally honor great contributions to solar science, not just the ‘discoverer’ of the Minimum, and Ted’s contribution is nil.

  54. Leif Svalgaard (23:17:55) :

    But that is not really important, as it’s not going to be a Grand Minimum, just a couple of smallish cycles

    And that statement will be your undoing.

  55. To: Willis Eschenbach,

    You most likely found the quote from Dr. Eddy, on his Wikipedia page which I had edited earlier on Sunday and reviewed with Anthony. For the benefit of the readers of this forum here is the link and the quote in context:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jack_Eddy#Petition_to_Name_the_Next_Significant_Solar_Minimum

    ==========
    During an interview, in a statement which may yet prove prophetic, Eddy first used the term “Eddy Minimum” while explaining why he rejected it in favor of naming the event the “Maunder Minimum”:

    EDDY: And, you know, the temptation was to think that it might someday be called the “Eddy Minimum”: that is, to call it nothing in the hope that someone else would do that. But being from Nebraska, I could never do anything like that. I also knew I wasn’t the first to find it, and it wasn’t really mine. I think I did quite a bit for Maunder with that name. Particularly because he also got the idea from somebody else. He got it from Sporer who was a German astronomer. So, among the shots I took after publishing the paper were some from Germany that said, “You know, you really named it after the wrong person.” Which I knew very well.

    While Eddy did not predict the next significant solar minimum he did identify that we are living by the light of a variable star and it is for this reason that the next significant solar minimum should be named in his honor. He was the messenger whose message we have ignored, when he cautioned:

    “It was one more defeat in our long and losing battle to keep the Sun perfect, or, if not perfect, constant, and if inconstant, regular. Why we think the Sun should be any of these when other stars are not is more a question for social than for physical science.”
    ==========

    Dr. Eddy is being nominated for this honor not because he discovered a solar minimum but because he demonstrated that our Sun is a variable star.

    As for Theodore Landscheidt there may yet be hope. As the Nobel Committee is now awarding the Nobel Prize for amateurish slideshows perhaps they will next turn their attention to Astrology and Wizardry.

    Michael Ronayne

  56. Anthony, thanks for your reasoned and gentlemanly response. My apologies for any lines I may have crossed.

    I was mostly upset that after a number of years of a number of people including myself referring to the upcoming minimum as the Landscheidt Minimum, you suddenly want to yank the rug out from what is already an established terminology. There’s over a thousand web pages on Google that mention the “Landscheidt Minimum”, so I know I’m not alone in using the name.

    I understand your desire to support your friends. I just wish you had considered the wishes of Ted’s friends before trying to take this already-bestowed credit away from him.

    You say “If Landschiedt has the respect of the solar community …” but that’s just the problem. He doesn’t, he was always a rebel, nobody believed him … but he predicted the minimum just the same, and his friends hoped and worked to honor him for that. Which is why thousands of people out there now call it the Landscheidt Minimum.

    But no, he doesn’t have the respect of the solar community, Jack Eddy does. All Ted has is the Landscheidt Minimum, and now you want to take that away.

    That’s the part that was upsetting, that you would decide to re-name <something that many of us had worked at least somewhat successfully to already get named, and whose name was already in use.

    You are not writing on a blank slate. You are trying to erase an existing name, a name that I and others worked to establish, and replace it with another name, like an ancient Egyptian chiseling Hatshepsut’s name off of every stela in the Kingdom … so you can understand that I might be upset. My apologies again that in my upset I lost my manners, but the issue is not as simple as writing a name on an empty scroll.

    My best to you in your efforts, however. I don’t approve of them, but the good news is that either way, the minimum will be named after a deserving person.

    w.

  57. As for Theodore Landscheidt there may yet be hope. As the Nobel Committee is now awarding the Nobel Prize for amateurish slideshows perhaps they will next turn their attention to Astrology and Wizardry.
    Michael Ronayne

    How perfectly smug. No doubt one of your qualifications to edit Wikipedia.

  58. Quoting: hunte (14:31:13) :
    “Mike, I am with you completely. This is one of the hottest heat waves for this time of year in Houston I can recall.”

    Commenting:
    It’s clear to me that you girls were not in my Houston in 1998-2000. Summer temps were 110+ for weeks. I brassed it out in a 1978 Buick with no AC.
    As for this summer: “Looxury!, Looxury!”*. Hasn’t hit 100 yet.
    *Monty Python – Stone Age.

  59. This Minimum has long been called the Landschiedt Minimum, since that was the guy that first foresaw it.

    Naturally, as Leif hates anything related to the barycenter is trying to remove Landschiedt’s name off the books. Good luck with that.

  60. Landschiedt Minimum (04:19:39) :
    remove Landschiedt’s name off the books. Good luck with that.
    At least you should spell it correctly: ‘Landscheidt’

  61. Leif Svalgaard (20:58:39) :

    Landschiedt Minimum (04:19:39) :
    remove Landschiedt’s name off the books. Good luck with that.
    At least you should spell it correctly: ‘Landscheidt’

    Leif Svalgaard (07:50:11) :

    Lanscheidt predicted that 1990 would be the Grand Minimum

    Pot calling the kettle black……

  62. Geoff Sharp (22:26:39) :
    “Lanscheidt predicted that 1990 would be the Grand Minimum”
    Pot calling the kettle black……

    Ah, but I’m not an enthusiast so am allowed to make typos.

  63. Leif Svalgaard (23:01:14) :

    Ah, but I’m not an enthusiast so am allowed to make typos.

    Not if you demand it of others.

    I am not an enthusiast either, in fact using quite different methods.

  64. Geoff Sharp (23:46:18) :
    “Ah, but I’m not an enthusiast so am allowed to make typos.”
    Not if you demand it of others.

    One might surmise that the poster would be glad to have a mistake corrected to obtain a better ‘handle’, but it is good to know that someone is watching every little step.

  65. Name it “The Gore Minimum” – my shit. Only some warm, really hot stuff can be named after him.
    Dr. Eddy is definitely the mostdeserving

  66. Dr. Eddy has my vote. He was an outstanding solar scientist. I think we might by in the “Eddy Minimum” right now.

  67. Dr. Eddy has my vote. He looked like a very humble man who has contributed to our knowledge of this slightly variable (but thankfully very stable) star we orbit. He will be missed.

    Pete

  68. Sign me too. We need to be able to start calling this by its own name, and he deserves the honor as much as anyone I can think of.

  69. Please add my name to the petition. Thank you. I am an amateur astronomy buff and am quite interested in the events on the sun as relates to the earth’s weather situation. Another solar minimum at this time would surely drive the earth’s temperature downward and give rise to the ‘GLOBAL COOLING’ aspect as opposed to the global warming’ists’ point of view. Mr. EDDY’S name should indeed be attatched to the next solar minimum. Thank you.

  70. I fully agree with Geoff Sharp’s comments with regards to the naming issue and his comments are reinforced by Leif’s accusations of Landscheidt as ‘pseudoscience’.
    Leif’s constant dismissive remarks on various threads are just going to reinforce our desire to learn and understand what different scientists have to say on the matter of what the sun will do.
    Landscheidt’s name will not be erased by such remarks. Even if his theory isn’t 100% correct at least he was willing to break out of consensus and put out a theory (of weak activity bottoming out +- 2030) at a time when the sun was clearly in a phase of maximum activity. His ideas had been ridiculed by science at the time and now that the sun has moved away from major activity we can at least say that just MAYBE Landscheidt got something right.

  71. To my knowledge a new element has been discovered and it may be named after Copernicus. Well, Copernicus had interests in astrology, as did Newton! So to dismiss Landscheidt based on the fact that he also had interests in astrology is ridiculous.

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