Discarded Science: Ideas That Seemed Good at the Time...

Discarded Science: Ideas That Seemed Good at the Time...

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by John Grant
     
 

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Alchemy, the flat earth theory, lost worlds, and aliens among us: these ideas once seemed plausible—but now we know they’re just plain wrong. Take a fun journey through the history of science as it transforms from a field of wild speculation into a powerful tool of understanding. Explore the world in upheaval as Earth changed from center of the

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Alchemy, the flat earth theory, lost worlds, and aliens among us: these ideas once seemed plausible—but now we know they’re just plain wrong. Take a fun journey through the history of science as it transforms from a field of wild speculation into a powerful tool of understanding. Explore the world in upheaval as Earth changed from center of the universe to a smallish planet orbiting an average star. Find out about hidden races and unknown creatures (like Yetis); early and bizarre thoughts on evolution; ancient astronauts and UFO crazes; the music of the spheres; the acquisition of virtues through cannibalism, and much more!

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School Science Review
Defunct science, pseudoscience, the ideological corruption of science, conspiracy theories, hoaxing, fraud...' and '...just plain, straightforward, honest mistakes...' are carefully explored with intellectual rigor. The text is wide ranging in its past and contemporary targets, for example: Ptolemaic cosmologies, the humours, phlogiston, perpetual motion, IQ studies, aliens, creationism, intelligent design - and much more. If there are any members of the Flat Earth Society left, they will not find this an acceptable read. Anyone interested in the history, development, and the refinement of scientific ideas, methods, and thinking will be engrossed by this book.

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ISBN-13:
9781904332497
Publisher:
Artist's and Photographers' Press Ltd
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,197,024
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 4.74(h) x 1.20(d)

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Discarded Science: Ideas That Seemed Good at the Time... 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is delightfully and insightfully written. Demonstrates and elucidates thoughts and theories that used to be, based on the information available at the time, correct. But is also a testament to the scientific method: when a theory ceases to fit the facts, the theory is modified or discarded, rather than 'tweaking' or ignoring the facts in order to cling to our pet beliefs. Read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Grant dissects pseudoscience, quackery, and the latest and greatest 'oh wow' scientific conclusions the world has ever known. He skillfully prepares each posit (like the earth is flat) then dissects it, slices, dices, and minces it to pieces. This is a great book if you want to catch up on the evolution of mans desire to know more and explain more about everything. Additionally, you will enjoy how Grant deflates the egos of the greatest thinkers ever recorded. No one is left untouched by a thrust from his fatal analytical scalpel: Pythagorus,Ptolemy, Bacon, Darwin, Boyle and more 'A' listers are presented as genius and fool. He is a little heavy on creationism and intelligent design theories. Clearly he is a scientist. Creationist or 'IDers' (intelligent designers) will gag when they read his presentation about evolution. A terrific addition to your library if you are a hard scientist and want a quick compendium of historical theories or a theologian who wants to read about the opposite sect.