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Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science (Popular Science)

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This fair and witty appraisal examines some of the crazes and quackeries that have masqueraded as science. Discussions include hollow earth theories; Charles Fort and the Fortean Society; Wilhelm Reich and orgone sex energy; dianetics; flying saucers; food and medical fads; much more. "A very able and even-tempered presentation." — The New Yorker.

Synopsis:

Fair, witty appraisal of cranks, quacks, and quackeries of science and pseudoscience: hollow earth, Velikovsky, orgone energy, Dianetics, flying saucers, Bridey Murphy, food and medical fads, and much more.

Synopsis:

Reviews fads, hoaxes, and cults propagated under the guise of being scientifically founded and proven.

Synopsis:

Fair, witty appraisal of cranks, quacks, and quackeries of science and pseudoscience: hollow earth, Velikovsky, orgone energy, Dianetics, flying saucers, Bridey Murphy, food and medical fads, more. "A very able and even-tempered presentation." — The New Yorker.

About the Author

Martin Gardner was a renowned author who published over 70 books on subjects from science and math to poetry and religion. He also had a lifelong passion for magic tricks and puzzles. Well known for his mathematical games column in Scientific American and his "Trick of the Month" in Physics Teacher magazine, Gardner attracted a loyal following with his intelligence, wit, and imagination.

Martin Gardner: A Remembrance

The worldwide mathematical community was saddened by the death of Martin Gardner on May 22, 2010. Martin was 95 years old when he died, and had written 70 or 80 books during his long lifetime as an author. Martin's first Dover books were published in 1956 and 1957: Mathematics, Magic and Mystery, one of the first popular books on the intellectual excitement of mathematics to reach a wide audience, and Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science, certainly one of the first popular books to cast a devastatingly skeptical eye on the claims of pseudoscience and the many guises in which the modern world has given rise to it. Both of these pioneering books are still in print with Dover today along with more than a dozen other titles of Martin's books. They run the gamut from his elementary Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing, which has been enjoyed by generations of younger readers since the 1980s, to the more demanding The New Ambidextrous Universe: Symmetry and Asymmetry from Mirror Reflections to Superstrings, which Dover published in its final revised form in 2005.

To those of us who have been associated with Dover for a long time, however, Martin was more than an author, albeit a remarkably popular and successful one. As a member of the small group of long-time advisors and consultants, which included NYU's Morris Kline in mathematics, Harvard's I. Bernard Cohen in the history of science, and MIT's J. P. Den Hartog in engineering, Martin's advice and editorial suggestions in the formative 1950s helped to define the Dover publishing program and give it the point of view which — despite many changes, new directions, and the consequences of evolution — continues to be operative today.

In the Author's Own Words:

"Politicians, real-estate agents, used-car salesmen, and advertising copy-writers are expected to stretch facts in self-serving directions, but scientists who falsify their results are regarded by their peers as committing an inexcusable crime. Yet the sad fact is that the history of science swarms with cases of outright fakery and instances of scientists who unconsciously distorted their work by seeing it through lenses of passionately held beliefs."

"A surprising proportion of mathematicians are accomplished musicians. Is it because music and mathematics share patterns that are beautiful?" — Martin Gardner

Table of Contents

1. In the Name of Science

2. Flat and Hollow

3. Monsters of Doom

4. The Forteans

5. Flying Saucers

6. Zig-Zag-and-Swirl

7. Down with Einstein!

8. Sir Isaac Babson

9. Dowsing Rods and Doodlebugs

10. Under the Microscope

11. Geology versus Genesis

12. Lysenkoism

13. Apologists for Hate

14. Atlantis and Lemuria

15. The Great Pyramid

16. Medical Cults

17. Medical Quacks

18. Food Faddists

19. Throw Away Your Glasses!

20. Eccentric Sexual Theories

21. Orgonomy

22. Dianetics

23. "General Semantics, Etc."

24. From Bumps to Handwriting

25. ESP and PK

26. Bridey Murphy and Other Matters

  Appendix and Notes

  Index of Names

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486203942
Author:
Gardner, Martin
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Martin
Author:
Gardner
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Science
Subject:
General Science
Subject:
Science Reference-General
Subject:
History
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Popular Science
Series Volume:
no. 8163
Publication Date:
19570631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.86 pd

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"Synopsis" by ,
Fair, witty appraisal of cranks, quacks, and quackeries of science and pseudoscience: hollow earth, Velikovsky, orgone energy, Dianetics, flying saucers, Bridey Murphy, food and medical fads, and much more.
"Synopsis" by , Reviews fads, hoaxes, and cults propagated under the guise of being scientifically founded and proven.
"Synopsis" by ,
Fair, witty appraisal of cranks, quacks, and quackeries of science and pseudoscience: hollow earth, Velikovsky, orgone energy, Dianetics, flying saucers, Bridey Murphy, food and medical fads, more. "A very able and even-tempered presentation." — The New Yorker.

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