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Yes, We Have No Neutrons: an Eye-Opening Tour Through the Twists and Turns of Bad Science

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Publisher Comments:

Praise for A. K. Dewdney's previous book, 200% of Nothing

"An entertaining, stinging expos?."—Publishers Weekly

"In today's world, 'innumeracy' is an even greater danger than illiteracy, and is perhaps even more common. . . . I hope that this wise and witty book will provide cures where they are possible, and warnings where they are necessary. It's also a lot of fun. I can guarantee that 100 percent"—Arthur C. Clarke

"It is rare indeed when advertisers, politicians, pop economists, and drumbeaters for medical programs offer a statistical argument that is not either meaningless or downright deceptive. Professor Dewdney has given us a marvelous, witty account of such flimflams and how to guard against them. It is impossible to read this timely, important book without enjoyment and eye-opening enlightenment."—Martin Gardner

"Dewdney retells with charm and wit magnificent morsels of mathematical mayhem. . . . 200% of Nothing plumbs the depths of innumeracy in daily life and reveals what ordinary people can do about it. A rich, readable, instructive, and persuasive polemic."—Lynn Arthur Steen, Professor of Mathematics St. Olaf College

"Have you really detected an alien civilization?" "We're not sure. There's no way to know" This answer could not have been better calculated to raise curiosity about the incident still further, guaranteeing a great deal of publicity for Project Ozma. A better answer would have been,"As far as we know, the anomalous signal originated right here on Earth."—from Yes, We Have No Neutrons

In this lively excursion, the acclaimed author of 200% of Nothing takes a fun-filled, in-depth look at eight famous (or rather, infamous) cases of bad science: highly touted discoveries or projects that are astonishing examples of serious scientific slipups. Originally trumpeted as impressive projects full of promise, some of this century's most publicized scientific studies—SETI (the search for extraterrestrial intelligence), Binet's IQ theory, neural nets—have been fatally flawed. From the alleged detection of N rays to the Biosphere 2 debacle, Yes, We Have No Neutrons unveils exactly what went wrong.

Mr. Dewdney takes us behind the scenes to reveal why bad science occurs for a variety of reasons, whether due to faulty methodology or flawed interpretations of results. In some instances, researchers—amateur as well as experienced—neglected key ingredients of the scientific method, leading to conclusions that were either not feasible or simply could not be reproduced. That accounts for the unfortunate circumstance of not only Ren? Blondlot and his N rays, but also Frank Drake and his failed Project Ozma. In other cases, the pursuit of glory played a major role. When overzealous researchers declare their conclusions without strong proof, the results can lead to such notorious findings as the now infamous cold fusion discovery.

In Yes, We Have No Neutrons, A. K. Dewdney provides a delightfully entertaining blend of cogent analysis, keen insight, and sharp-eyed wit, offering irrefutable proof that bad science makes great reading!

Book News Annotation:

A collection of scientific bloopers chronicling eight infamous slipups and speculating on exactly what went wrong and why. Dewdney (mathematics, U. of Western Ontario) manages to keep from outright laughter at such highly publicized (and failed) scientific studies as SETI (the search for extraterrestrial intelligence), Binet's IQ theory, neural nets, and the Biosphere 2 disaster, arguing that these bad science examples are rooted in either faulty methodology, flawed interpretations or big scientific egos run amuck (or an unfortunate combination of all three).
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Yes, We have no Neutrons "Have you really detected an alien civilization?" "We’re not sure. There’s no way to know." This answer could not have been better calculated to raise curiosity about the incident still further, guaranteeing a great deal of publicity for Project Ozma. A better answer would have been, "As far as we know, the anomalous signal originated right here on Earth." —from Yes, We Have No Neutrons In this lively excursion, the acclaimed author of 2000f Nothing takes a funfilled, in-depth look at eight famous (or rather, infamous) cases of bad science: highly touted discoveries or projects that are astonishing examples of serious scientific slipups. Originally trumpeted as impressive projects full of promise, some of this century’s most publicized scientific studies—SETI (the search for extraterrestrial intelligence), Binet’s IQ theory, neural nets—have been fatally flawed. From the alleged detection of N rays to the Biosphere 2 debacle, Yes, We Have No Neutrons unveils exactly what went wrong. Mr. Dewdney takes us behind the scenes to reveal Why bad science occurs for a variety of reasons, whether due to faulty methodology or flawed interpretations of results. In some instances, researchers—amateur as well as experienced—neglected key ingredients of the scientific method, leading to conclusions that were either not feasible or simply could not be reproduced. That accounts for the unfortunate circumstance of not only René Blondlot and his N rays, but also Frank Drake and his failed Project Ozma. In Other cases, the pursuit of glory played a major role. When overzealous researchers declare their conclusions without strong proof, the results can lead to such notorious Findings as the now infamous cold fusion discovery. In Yes, We Have No Neutrons, A. K. Dewdney provides a delightfully entertaining blend of cogent analysis, keen insight, and sharp-eyed wit, offering irrefutable proof that bad science makes great reading!

Synopsis:

In this entertaining expose of science gone awry, the author of 200% of Nothing tells the stories of eight notorious cases of "bad science"--research projects that turned out to be bogus, either because of faulty methodology or faulty interpretations of results.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 165-169) and index.

About the Author

A. K. DEWDNEY is Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Western Ontario. Past author of the popular "Mathematical Recreations" column in Scientific American, he has written several other books, including 200% of Nothing (also published by Wiley), The Armchair Universe, and The Planiverse: Computer Contact with a Two-Dimensional World.

Table of Contents

The Century Begins: The Rays That Never Were.

Mind Numbers: The Curious Theory of the Intelligence Quotient.

Dreaming Up Theories: The Unconscious Con of Sigmund Freud.

Surfing the Cosmos: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

The Apprentice Builds a Brain: Misled by Metaphors.

Genie in a Jar: The "Discovery" of Cold Fusion.

Biosphere 2 Springs a Leak.

For Whom the Bell Curves: The Racial Theories of J. Phillipe Rushton.

Further Reading.

Acknowledgments.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780471108061
Subtitle:
An Eye-Opening Tour through the Twists and Turns of Bad Science
Author:
Dewdney, A. K.
Author:
Dewdney
Publisher:
Wiley
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Popular works
Subject:
Errors, scientific
Subject:
Errors, Scientific -- Popular works.
Subject:
Science Reference-General
Subject:
General & Introduct
Subject:
ory Chemistry
Subject:
General & Introductory Chemistry
Subject:
General Chemistry
Copyright:
Series Volume:
Nr. 1853
Publication Date:
March 1997
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9.53x6.31x.77 in. 1.02 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Yes, We have no Neutrons "Have you really detected an alien civilization?" "We’re not sure. There’s no way to know." This answer could not have been better calculated to raise curiosity about the incident still further, guaranteeing a great deal of publicity for Project Ozma. A better answer would have been, "As far as we know, the anomalous signal originated right here on Earth." —from Yes, We Have No Neutrons In this lively excursion, the acclaimed author of 2000f Nothing takes a funfilled, in-depth look at eight famous (or rather, infamous) cases of bad science: highly touted discoveries or projects that are astonishing examples of serious scientific slipups. Originally trumpeted as impressive projects full of promise, some of this century’s most publicized scientific studies—SETI (the search for extraterrestrial intelligence), Binet’s IQ theory, neural nets—have been fatally flawed. From the alleged detection of N rays to the Biosphere 2 debacle, Yes, We Have No Neutrons unveils exactly what went wrong. Mr. Dewdney takes us behind the scenes to reveal Why bad science occurs for a variety of reasons, whether due to faulty methodology or flawed interpretations of results. In some instances, researchers—amateur as well as experienced—neglected key ingredients of the scientific method, leading to conclusions that were either not feasible or simply could not be reproduced. That accounts for the unfortunate circumstance of not only René Blondlot and his N rays, but also Frank Drake and his failed Project Ozma. In Other cases, the pursuit of glory played a major role. When overzealous researchers declare their conclusions without strong proof, the results can lead to such notorious Findings as the now infamous cold fusion discovery. In Yes, We Have No Neutrons, A. K. Dewdney provides a delightfully entertaining blend of cogent analysis, keen insight, and sharp-eyed wit, offering irrefutable proof that bad science makes great reading!
"Synopsis" by , In this entertaining expose of science gone awry, the author of 200% of Nothing tells the stories of eight notorious cases of "bad science"--research projects that turned out to be bogus, either because of faulty methodology or faulty interpretations of results.
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