Weird Water and Fuzzy Logic: More Notes of a Fringe Watcher / Edition 1

Weird Water and Fuzzy Logic: More Notes of a Fringe Watcher / Edition 1

by Martin Gardner
     
 

ISBN-10: 1573920967

ISBN-13: 9781573920964

Pub. Date: 10/01/1996

Publisher: Prometheus Books

At a time when popular knowledge of basic science has sunk to a new low and books promoting angels, parapsychology, and bizarre forms of medicine and healing outnumber skeptical books by more than a thousand to one, Americans need a voice of sanity.

Weird Water and Fuzzy Logic introduces readers to mind-wrenching probability paradoxes, recent attacks on the Big

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Overview

At a time when popular knowledge of basic science has sunk to a new low and books promoting angels, parapsychology, and bizarre forms of medicine and healing outnumber skeptical books by more than a thousand to one, Americans need a voice of sanity.

Weird Water and Fuzzy Logic introduces readers to mind-wrenching probability paradoxes, recent attacks on the Big Bang Theory, and Marianne Williamson's success promoting The Course of Miracles, which is said to have been channeled by Jesus. Other columns address E-prime, a language that omits all forms of the verb "to be"; Norman Vincent Peale's beliefs in the paranormal; repressed memory therapy; science blunders by famous writers; the influence of Transcendental Meditation on the career of Doug Henning; a critique of "Klingon" and other artificial languages; and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573920964
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
10/01/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Skeptical Inquirer Columns
1Probability Paradoxes11
2Big Bang Is Alive and Well23
3Marianne Williamson and A Course in Miracles29
4Margaret Mead's Great Samoan Hoax38
5E-Prime: Getting Rid of Isness51
6RMT: Repressed Memory Therapy63
7Weird Water, or H[subscript 2]Oh!75
8Pealeism and the Paranormal83
9The Cult of the Golden Ratio90
10Eyeless Vision and God98
11The Tragedies of False Memories104
12Literary Science Blunders117
13Science vs. Beauty?131
14Doug Henning and the Giggling Guru140
15Klingon and Other Artificial Languages147
16Fuzzy Logic155
Book Reviews
17From Here to Infinity167
18How Science Works and Fails169
19The Faith of Three Scientists172
20Speculations of Freeman Dyson175
21Sheldon Glashow on Science and Superstrings178
22Heinz Pagels on Minds and Computers181
23Symmetry from A to Zee184
24Mathematical Breakthroughs186
25Technology's Awesome March193
26To Pluto and Beyond195
27Astronomers and God198
28Reading the Mind of Nobody201
29Is Western Culture Vanishing?203
30Pencils206
31Allan Sandage's Cosmology209
32The Mystery of Consciousness212
33Is There a God?216
34The World of Stephen Jay Gould219
35Incredible Ramanujan222
36How to Make a PPO225
37Archeological Crankery228
38Joseph Campbell, "Racist"231
39Information Theory and the Universe237
40Mathematical Beauty and Certainty240
41More Speculations of Freeman Dyson242
42Richard Feynman, Magician245
43Is the Second Coming Coming?248
44Do Humans Spontaneously Combust?252
45Will Science Discover Everything?255
46Tunnels of the Mind258

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