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The Fringe of the Unknown

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  4 ratings  ·  2 reviews
This book collects articles constituting a study "of controversial & often little-known happenings in science & technology, with an emphasis on the wayward activities of those who dabble in fringe science." The material is organized in 3 sections. The 1st debunks extravagant occult & pseudoscientific claims regarding ancient civilizations while highlighting the ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 30th 1983 by Prometheus Books (Buffalo) (first published April 1983)
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Erik Graff
Feb 22, 2015 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: DeCamp fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sciences
I picked this up at the Barnes and Noble (or was it Borders?) store in Evanston, Illinois one late afternoon after work. Someone had given me a gift card for Christmas.

Although just a collection of diverse essays published over decades in a variety of books and periodicals, I found many of the pieces to be informative and all of them to be quite entertaining, fringe science and occultism being fascinating.
Kerry Burns
The author explores a variety of false beliefs that people cling to starting with ancient Egyptians. He also explores the development of science and technology and how non scientists manage to cling to old beliefs or twist and add to new discoveries some sort of fiction. He discusses that some scientists also indulge in distortion of the facts.
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Lyon Sprague de Camp, (Pseudonym: Lyman R. Lyon) was an American science fiction and fantasy author and biographer. In a writing career spanning fifty years he wrote over one hundred books, including novels and notable works of nonfiction, such as biographies of other important fantasy authors.He was widely regarded as an imaginative and innovative writer and was an important figure in the heyday ...more
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