Borderlands of Science Where Sense Meets Nonsense

ISBN-10: 0195157982
ISBN-13: 9780195157987
Edition: 2001
Authors: Michael Shermer
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/28/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

In The Borderlands of Science Michael Shermer takes us to the place where real science (such as the big bang theory), borderland science (superstring theory), and just plain nonsense (Big Foot) collide with one another. An excursion through the borderlands of science, history, and historical biography, enlivened by the many interesting stories and insights involving many of history's most famous scientists.

Michael Shermer is the director of the Skeptics Society and the host of the Skeptics Lecture Series at the California Institute of Technology. He teaches science, technology, and evolutionary thought in the Cultural Studies Program at Occidental College.

Introduction The Boundary Detection Problem in the Borderlands of Science
Borderlands Theories
Reality Must Take Precedence in the Search for Truth
Nonsense in the Name of Science
Cloning Tests the Moral Borderlands of Science
Racial Differences and What They Really Mean
Punctuated Equilibrium and the Nature of Revolutionary Science
Borderlands People
Copernicus's Heresy and Sulloway's Theory
Alfred Russel Wallace and the Nature of Borderlands Science
Crossing the Boundary from Science to Pseudoscience
Freud, Darwin, and the Hero-Myth in Science
Carl Saganand the Difference Between Orthodoxy and Heresy in Science
Borderlands History
Why the Grass is Always Greener in the Other Century
Mozart and the Myth of the Miracle of Genius
Science at Its Best in the Great Evolution Priority Dispute
Piltdown and the Self-Correcting Nature of Science
Notes
Bibliography
About the Author
Index

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