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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KlausB

I did sign, and it was an honor to do it.
KlausB

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

KlausB

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

KlausB

” 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)

Adam from Kansas

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?

Petition signed! Thanks, Anthony et al.
Nasif

Adam from Kansas

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

Michael Ronayne

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

Mike McMillan

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.

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

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

pkatt

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 … 😀

hunter

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

Dave Johnson

I have signed the petition and it was a pleasure to do so

Everitt Mickey

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

“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.

Purakanui

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”.

WikiPedded

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

Gary

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.

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.

“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.

hunter

Done and done.

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.

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?

David

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.

Leon Brozyna

Done — just added this simple layman’s name to the list.

Alan Grey

Shouldn’t it be the ‘Gore Effect Minimum’ ?

Wansbeck

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.

Paul S

Done! Pleasure to do so.

Alan I think Gore has had enough of an effect, let’s hope he is resigned to but a footnote in the annals of history.

Ummm… I think my last comment came out a little meaner then I meant it, sorry if it seems rude.

Doug

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

Paul Coppin

“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.

Innocentious (17:19:00) : “…the annals of history.”
Shouldn’t that be [snip]

rbateman

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

Paul R

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.

Michael Ronayne

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
http://www.aip.org/history/climate/images/eddy_photo.jpg
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

len

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 😉

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.

Steptoe Fan

Done ! Thanks again .

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.

Evan Jones

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.

Michael Ronayne

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

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.

David Ball

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.

PT

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

rbateman

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.

Grumbler

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

Barry Foster

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.