Presents a collection of essays on various topics in science and personalities in science, including Carl Sagan, Sigmund Freud, and Alfred Russel Wallace.
Headlines and television news reports feature accounts of reincarnation, the predictions of astrologers, and psychic "miracles." Citizens report UFO sightings. Police departments call on psychics to provide clues in baffling crimes. From every available information source, the public is bombarded with unsubstantiated claims of paranormal phenomena. How much of the evidence is reliable? What is the truth behind these claims? Paranormal Borderlands of Science is an exciting, well-informed examination of the most publicized and exotic claims of astrology, ESP, psychokinesis, precognition, UFOs, biorhythms, and other phenomena. Written by respected psychologists, astronomers and other scientists, philosophers, investigative journalists, and magicians, the 47 articles in this superb collection present a skeptical treatment of pseudoscientific claims - an aspect often sorely neglected in sensationalized media reports. This book is an effort to help readers sort fact from fiction and sense from nonsense among the astonishing variety of assertions labeled "paranormal." Never before published in book form, the essays in this anthology originally appeared in the Skeptical Inquirer, a leading magazine devoted to the critical investigation of pseudoscience from a scientific viewpoint. Among the contributors are: Isaac Asimov (distinguished science fiction author), Martin Gardner (Scientific American columnist), James Randi (The Amazing Randi), Philip Klass (noted UFO skeptic), Scot Morris (Omni), and James Oberg (NASA). An essential contribution to skeptical literature, this book will be of lasting value to all those wishing to balance the case for paranormal claims by reading the dissenting critics.
The science fiction writer explores the territories that science is just beginning to penetrate, in a prescient book about the future of scientific inquiry
Why are there so few Latina engineers and what is the potential for change given demographic shifts of the Latino population? This interdisciplinary, mixed-methods approach offers a new paradigm for examining the crisis of Latinas in engineering (a field that remains 82% male), illuminating the nuanced and multiple exclusionary forces that shape the culture of engineering and its borderlands.
This book is not a history of science; neither is it a history of magic; it is an attempt to evaluate the influence on civilization of both science and superstition, knowledge and belief, and to consider critically those borderland phenomena which the scientist rarely investigates notwithstanding that they occur in the natural world which he shares with the unreasoning multitude.
Through a penetrating analysis of reason and intellect, spiritual imagination, and the light of faith, this book addresses fundamental questions pertaining to our search for meaning.
Zaubern mit Zahlen – wer dieses Buch gelesen hat, muss PISA nicht mehr fürchten Wer glaubt, Mathematik sei eine trockene Angelegenheit und Kopfrechnen eine unnötige Quälerei, der irrt sich gewaltig. Denn nach der Lektüre dieses Buches ist es für jeden ein Leichtes, Rechenoperationen mit vier- und fünfstelligen Zahlen in Sekundenschnelle im Kopf auszuführen. Und was wie Zauberei wirkt, ist letztendlich nichts anderes als mathematische Logik, die jedermann beherrschen kann und die dazu noch richtig Spaß macht. • So wird Kopfrechnen kinderleicht! • Mit zahlreichen Übungen und Lösungen
A survey of the interaction between science and Anglo-American literature from the late medieval period to the 20th century, examining how authors, thinkers, and philosophers have viewed science in literary texts, and used science as a window to the future. * Gives clear explanations of scientific ideas ranging from medieval cosmology to modern concepts in astronomy * Organizes the material in chronological order with a chronology and bibliographic essay accompanying each chapter
Die "digitale Revolution" am Ende des 20. Jahrhunderts stellt eine ahnliche Herausforderung fuer die Menschen dar wie die Umwalzungsprozesse, die durch den Vormarsch von Wissenschaft und Technik in bald alle Bereiche des Lebens im Ubergang vom 19. ins 20. Jahrhundert in Gang kamen. Damals erfolgte die Konfrontation mit dem Neuen, sei es die Entthronung des Menschen als Herrn der Schopfung, die These vom unvermeidlichen Kaltetod des Weltalls, die Relativitatstheorie oder eine andere neue Erkenntnis der naturwissenschaftlichen Forschung jedoch noch unvermittelter, da Bildungsniveau und Vorkenntnisse weit niedriger und geringer waren als heute. Wie reagierten die Menschen auf die Herausforderungen? Welche Versprechungen und Argumente brachten diejenigen vor, die ihre Zeitgenossen fuer Wissenschaft und Technik einnehmen wollten? Diese und weitere Fragen werden anhand einer detaillierten Analyse jenes Genres beantwortet, das sich die populare Darstellung der neuen Resultate von Astronomie, Biologie, Chemie, Geologie und Physik zum Ziel gesetzt hatte. "Die von ihr vorgelegten Ergebnisse sind neu und wichtig, und sie regen an, auf diesem fruchtbaren Feld weiter zu forschen." Das Historisch-Politische Buch "a extremely interesting and informative." Research on British History in the Federal Republic of Germany .
Virtually unknown today, Alfred Russel Wallace was the co-discoverer of natural selection with Charles Darwin and an eminent scientist who stood out among his Victorian peers as a man of formidable mind and equally outsized personality. Now Michael Shermer rescues Wallace from the shadow of Darwin in this landmark biography. Here we see Wallace as perhaps the greatest naturalist of his age--spending years in remote jungles, collecting astounding quantities of specimens, writing thoughtfully and with bemused detachment at his reception in places where no white man had ever gone. Here, too, is his supple and forceful intelligence at work, grappling with such arcane problems as the bright coloration of caterpillars, or shaping his 1858 paper on natural selection that prompted Darwin to publish (with Wallace) the first paper outlining the theory of evolution. Shermer also shows that Wallace's self-trained intellect, while powerful, also embraced surprisingly naive ideas, such as his deep interest in the study of spiritual manifestations and seances. Shermer shows that the same iconoclastic outlook that led him to overturn scientific orthodoxy as he worked in relative isolation also led him to embrace irrational beliefs, and thus tarnish his reputation. As author of Why People Believe Weird Things and founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, Shermer is an authority on why people embrace the irrational. Now he turns his keen judgment and incisive analysis to Wallace's life and his contradictory beliefs, restoring a leading figure in the rise of modern science to his rightful place.
"Why do people believe in bunk? And what causes them to embrace such pseudoscientific beliefs and practices and ignore data? Noted skeptic Massimo Pigliucci sets out to separate the fact from the fantasy in this entertaining exploration of the nature of science, the borderlands of fringe science, and nonsense on stilts. Presenting case studies on a number of controversial topics, Pigliucci cuts through the ambiguity surrounding science to look more closely at how science is conducted, disseminated, and interpreted, and what it means to our society"--Publisher description.
Bestselling author Michael Shermer delves into the unknown, from heretical ideas about the boundaries of the universe to Star Trek's lessons about chance and time A scientist pretends to be a psychic for a day-and fools everyone. An athlete discovers that good-luck rituals and getting into "the zone" may, or may not, improve his performance. A historian decides to analyze the data to see who was truly responsible for the Bounty mutiny. A son explores the possiblities of alternative and experimental medicine for his cancer-ravaged mother. And a skeptic realizes that it is time to turn the skeptical lens onto science itself. In each of the fourteen essays in Science Friction, psychologist and science historian Michael Shermer explores the very personal barriers and biases that plague and propel science, especially when scientists push against the unknown. What do we know and what do we not know? How does science respond to controversy, attack, and uncertainty? When does theory become accepted fact? As always, Shermer delivers a thought-provoking, fascinating, and entertaining view of life in the scientific age.
Moving beyond the current fixation on "state construction," the interdisciplinary work gathered here explores regulatory authority in South Sudan's borderlands from both contemporary and historical perspectives. Taken together, these studies show how emerging governance practices challenge the bounded categorizations of "state" and "non-state."
Unrivaled in its scope and depth, The Columbia History of Twentieth-Century French Thought assesses the intellectual figures, movements, and publications that helped shape and define fields as diverse as history and historiography, psychoanalysis, film, literary theory, cognitive and life sciences, literary criticism, philosophy, and economics. More than two hundred entries by leading intellectuals discuss developments in French thought on such subjects as pacifism, fashion, gastronomy, technology, and urbanism. Contributors include prominent French thinkers, many of whom have played an integral role in the development of French thought, and American, British, and Canadian scholars who have been vital in the dissemination of French ideas.