Yes, We Have No Neutrons: An Eye-Opening Tour through the Twists and Turns of Bad Science / Edition 1

Yes, We Have No Neutrons: An Eye-Opening Tour through the Twists and Turns of Bad Science / Edition 1

by A. K. Dewdney, Dewdney
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0471108065

ISBN-13: 9780471108061

Pub. Date: 04/01/1997

Publisher: Wiley

Yes, We have no Neutrons "Have you really detected an alien civilization?" "We’re not sure. There’s no way to know." This answer could not have been better calculated to raise curiosity about the incident still further, guaranteeing a great deal of publicity for Project Ozma. A better answer would have been, "As far as we know, the

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Yes, We have no Neutrons "Have you really detected an alien civilization?" "We’re not sure. There’s no way to know." This answer could not have been better calculated to raise curiosity about the incident still further, guaranteeing a great deal of publicity for Project Ozma. A better answer would have been, "As far as we know, the anomalous signal originated right here on Earth." —from Yes, We Have No Neutrons In this lively excursion, the acclaimed author of 200% of Nothing takes a funfilled, in-depth look at eight famous (or rather, infamous) cases of bad science: highly touted discoveries or projects that are astonishing examples of serious scientific slipups. Originally trumpeted as impressive projects full of promise, some of this century’s most publicized scientific studies—SETI (the search for extraterrestrial intelligence), Binet’s IQ theory, neural nets—have been fatally flawed. From the alleged detection of N rays to the Biosphere 2 debacle, Yes, We Have No Neutrons unveils exactly what went wrong. Mr. Dewdney takes us behind the scenes to reveal Why bad science occurs for a variety of reasons, whether due to faulty methodology or flawed interpretations of results. In some instances, researchers—amateur as well as experienced—neglected key ingredients of the scientific method, leading to conclusions that were either not feasible or simply could not be reproduced. That accounts for the unfortunate circumstance of not only René Blondlot and his N rays, but also Frank Drake and his failed Project Ozma. In Other cases, the pursuit of glory played a major role. When overzealous researchers declare their conclusions without strong proof, the results can lead to such notorious Findings as the now infamous cold fusion discovery. In Yes, We Have No Neutrons, A. K. Dewdney provides a delightfully entertaining blend of cogent analysis, keen insight, and sharp-eyed wit, offering irrefutable proof that bad science makes great reading!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471108061
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/01/1997
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
0.56(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

Table of Contents

The Century Begins: The Rays That Never Were.
Mind Numbers: The Curious Theory of the Intelligence Quotient.
Dreaming Up Theories: The Unconscious Con of Sigmund Freud.
Surfing the Cosmos: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.
The Apprentice Builds a Brain: Misled by Metaphors.
Genie in a Jar: The "Discovery" of Cold Fusion.
Biosphere 2 Springs a Leak.
For Whom the Bell Curves: The Racial Theories of J. Phillipe Rushton.
Further Reading.
Acknowledgments.
Index.

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