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Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing "Hoax"

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

    Very Informative

    This novel is all about explaining. The author, Philip Plait, does an excellent job addressing popular questions, as well as introducing some new ones. The vast variance of the topics from superficial, to simple, and to astronomically correct constellations. I was pleasantly surprised to how intreuging each and every subject was. Mr. Plait did not take favorites on which he was more interested in, he thoroughly explained all areas. You could tell he is an opinionated man, so if you are a politically inclined citizen I would advise you to steer clear of this, due to the fact that he blatently says the government is just wrong in certain situations. But overall highly recommended and well worth the time to further your knowledge.

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    Very good

    Dr. Plait does a wonderful job explaining what we know and how we figured it out. And with a sense of humor. I also recommend his Death From the Skies book. He makes sure he researches the subject first, rather than just wanting to make it as sensational as possible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2009

    Oustanding book!

    Phil Plait is a treasure. He takes the time to address kooky claims and mistaken beliefs held by the majority of the public. Our world would be far better off if more scientists cared enough to try and educate people who have been led astray by those who preach nonsense.

    Bad Astronomy is loaded with interesting stuff. From explaining away Moon Hoax looniness to fixing common mental errors about seasons, quantum leaps, light years, tides, UFOs, and so on, this book is fantastic fun and intellectually invaluable.

    Beyond his astronomy expertise, Plait is a wonderful example of the sort of positive and constructive science-based skeptic who brings more light to the world. His sincerity and enthusiasm jumps out at you from every page.

    "It's too easy to simply accept what you are told," writes Plait. "This is extraordinarily dangerous. If you just assume without thinking critically that someone is right, you may be voting for the wrong politician, or accepting a doctrine that has a bad premise, or buying a used car that might kill you. Science is a way of distinguishing good data from bad."

    I highly recommend Bad Astronomy for everyone. It's highly readable. Anyone can handle it. Save the world, buy a copy for a high school kid today!

    I also loved Plait's book, "Death from the Skies!"



    --Guy P. Harrison, author of

    50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God

    and

    Race and Reality: What Everyone Should Know about Our biological Diversity

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Excellent book

    Should be required reading in high schools across the country. Would greatly serve to promote and enhance scientific interest and thinking.

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