Nine Crazy Ideas in Science: A Few Might Even Be True

Nine Crazy Ideas in Science: A Few Might Even Be True

by Robert Ehrlich
     
 

"Physicist Robert Ehrlich has come up with a lovely idea for a discussion of how science works. His book is a light-hearted treatment of bizarre-but-not-manifestly-impossible ideas that have burdened scientific literature over the past decades. What is valuable is that Ehrlich uses scientific methodology to subject these ideas (not all wrong!) to critical

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"Physicist Robert Ehrlich has come up with a lovely idea for a discussion of how science works. His book is a light-hearted treatment of bizarre-but-not-manifestly-impossible ideas that have burdened scientific literature over the past decades. What is valuable is that Ehrlich uses scientific methodology to subject these ideas (not all wrong!) to critical examination. He has a low-key, pleasing style and uses no math."—Leon Lederman, 1988 Nobel Laureate in Physics

"At any time, there are ideas at the fringe of science, some too crazy to be true, some not crazy enough. Physicist Robert Ehrlich gives a levelheaded tour of today's frontiers-and sticks his neck out by rating each idea he considers. You surely won't agree with him, but you'll have fun trying to figure out why."—James S. Trefil, author of A Scientist in the City and Other Worlds

"Ehrlich's book puts life into a novel idea: a fresh view of the most controversial scientific notions of our time, which are always intriguing, often interesting, occasionally seemingly impossible, and sometimes downright fool-hardy ideas. It's informative, entertaining, and provocative reading, inviting the reader to wonder how the scientific mind can differ so much."—Robert C. Gallo, MD, Director, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland

"An excellent, thought-provoking read for those interested in science."—Geoff Wexler, Times Higher Education Supplement

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691094953
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/03/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ..... ix
1: Introduction ..... 3
2: More Guns Means Less Crime ..... 13
3: AIDS Is Not Caused by HIV ..... 33
4: Sun Exposure Is Beneficial ..... 57
5: Low Doses of Nuclear Radiation Are Beneficial ..... 73
6: The Solar System Has Two Suns ..... 102
7: Oil, Coal, and Gas Have Abiogenic Origins ..... 122
8: Time Travel Is Possible ..... 146
9: Faster-than-Light Particles Exist ..... 172
10: There Was No Big Bang ..... 194
11: Epilogue ..... 215
Notes to the Chapters ..... 221
Bibliography ..... 235
Index ..... 239

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