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Great Essays in Science

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Martin Gardner, author of numerous books on science, mathematics, and pseudo-science, has assembled thirty-four extraordinary essays by eminent philosophers, scientists, and writers on the fundamental aspects of modern science.

As Gardner makes clear in his preface to the formerly titled Sacred Beetle and Other Great Essays in Science, his intent is not to teach the reader
Paperback, 442 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Prometheus Books (first published 1957)
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Jul 07, 2010 Rob rated it really liked it
What I liked most about this book was it's variety of essays, some of which I never would have read by themselves. At the same time some of the essays seemed fairly irrelevant. All in all it was an enjoyable read. I especially liked the (completely dated) essay which talked about the certainty of vegetation on Mars, while it doesn't reflect contemporary thought it was interesting to read something which was written with some degree of certainty and which has proved to be far from the truth. The ...more
Bill Yates
Oct 09, 2015 Bill Yates rated it liked it
The title is somewhat misleading. A few of the essays are truly great, and some others are interesting. A few are so unreadable as to be incomprehensible.
Thomas A Wiebe
Dec 08, 2014 Thomas A Wiebe rated it really liked it
This a a superb collection of science essays, in part because the essays are chosen for their broad range, typically beyond just science and touching literature, poetry, culture, religion, philosophy and other of the intellectual arts. Gardner's knowledge across many disciplines informs his choices, including the brilliantly mocking voice of GK Chesterton, who is unlikely to be found in any other collection dedicated to things scientific.

A gift from my Ben and Jenn, Christmas 2013.
Dec 22, 2010 Clint rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book. There were essays in here that I found to be a little slow, or uninteresting, but the nice thing is they are only essays. Most I found quite interesting if just for the fact that they were fun to disagree with. Many of the essays are very interesting and really put you (or at least me) in a philosophical state of mind. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in science or philosophy.
Oct 23, 2014 Firda rated it really liked it
So many great essays indeed (although some are quite obsolete, mind though I was reading the first published edition from 1940s). Although, I think I must admit I often have problems reading essays, oops.
Maciej Chojnacki
Aug 10, 2010 Maciej Chojnacki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oczekiwałem jednak czegoś więcej, chociaż jest tam kilka perełek. Całość na solidnym poziomie, na pewno nie rozczaruje.
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Martin Gardner was an American mathematics and science writer specializing in recreational mathematics, but with interests encompassing micromagic, stage magic, literature (especially the writings of Lewis Carroll), philosophy, scientific skepticism, and religion. He wrote the Mathematical Games column in Scientific American from 1956 to 1981, and published over 70 books.
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