Heavenly Errors

Heavenly Errors

by Neil F. Comins
     
 

One of the great paradoxes of modern times is that the more scientists understand the natural world, the more we discover that our everyday beliefs about it are wrong. Neil F. Comins has identified and classified, by origin and topic, over 1,700 commonly held misconceptions about the universe. He presents the reader with the tools needed to probe erroneous notions

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Overview

One of the great paradoxes of modern times is that the more scientists understand the natural world, the more we discover that our everyday beliefs about it are wrong. Neil F. Comins has identified and classified, by origin and topic, over 1,700 commonly held misconceptions about the universe. He presents the reader with the tools needed to probe erroneous notions so that we can begin to question for ourselves... and to think more like scientists.

Columbia University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231116442
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2001
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
0.75(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction1. Fun in the Sun: Some Misconceptions Close to Home3. Creating Your Own Private Cosmos: Internal and Mixed Origins of Incorrect Beliefs2. Blame It on Someone Else: External Origins of Incorrect Beliefs4. Survival in a Misperceived World: How Well Did Our Ancestors Do Without Understanding Nature?6. The Sage on the Stage or the Guide by Your Side: A Peek Behind the Effort to Help You Unlearn Misconceptions5. Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Misconceptions are Hard to Replace7. Let the Buyer Beware: How to Avoid Future Misconceptions8. Conflicts and Dangers: The Problems That Misconceptions CreateEpilogue: False Personal CosmologiesSelected BibliographyIndex

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