Physicists are notorious for believing that other scientists are
mathematically incompetent. And University of California-Berkeley
physicist Richard Muller is notorious for believing that
conventional wisdom is often wrong. For example, the conventional
wisdom about climate change. Muller has criticized Al Gore in the
past as an “exaggerator,” has spoken warmly of climate skeptic
Anthony Watts, and has said that Steve McIntyre’s famous takedown
of the “hockey stick” climate graph made him “uncomfortable” with
the paper the hockey stick was originally based on.
So in 2010 he started up the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature
project (BEST) to show the world how to do climate analysis right.
Who better, after all?