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Ten Questions Science Can't Answer (Yet!): A Guide to Science's Greatest Mysteries

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From the author of the bestselling The Science of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comes another incredible trip to an even more mysterious terrain. Michael Hanlon identifies ten scientific questions that we simply can't seem to answer and explains why these compelling mysteries will remain unsolved for years to come
How did life begin? Why are there two sexes? Where di
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ebook, 208 pages
Published May 29th 2007 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published 2007)
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Suatu ketika, salah seorang raksasa fisikawan, Lord Kalvin, pernah berujar, sesuatu yang akan dia sesali kemudian seumur hidupnya, "There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All that remains is more and more precise measurement"

Mengapa dia sempat berujar demikian? Abad 19 adalah abad kemajuan sains. Dunia mengenal Newton, Darwin, Maxwell, Mendel, Rutherford, Thompson, sebagai ilmuwan-ilmuwan klasik yang menonjol pada masanya. nyaris, semua permasalahan sains yang sebelumnya berada pa
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Patrick
Jun 14, 2015 Patrick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
[2.5]

This is very much a book by a science journalist, rather than someone who has much in-depth understanding of the scientific issues involved. As such, it has the same limitations as New Scientist - and like New Scientist, makes perfectly diverting reading on a train journey or in a doctor's waiting room.

To this non-expert, the best chapter was the first - Is Fido A Zombie - looking at the vexed question of whether, and to what extent, animals are conscious and self-aware. If nothing else, I
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Phronk
May 07, 2009 Phronk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Scientists, people interested in science, skeptics
Shelves: science
If there's one thing I've learned in my years of reading about and contributing to science, it's the old cliche that the more I learn, the more I realize how much I don't know. The method of science has revealed a whole lot about the universe we live in, but even the most well-established facts can be utterly mysterious if examined in depth. Most of this mystery is still too mysterious to even be labeled as a mystery, unable to even be coherently imagined. But there are some things we know enoug ...more
Mazola1
May 09, 2008 Mazola1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ten short discussions about ten bedeviling questions, the kind to which there are no answers. The questions and the fact that they have no real answers expose the weirdness of life and the illogic, at bottom, of our attempts to make sense of many of our core concepts, i.e., time, consciousness. Some of the unanswerable questions are on the amusing side (why are we all so fat, do animals think?) and some are truly bedeviling (what is reality, why is time so weird?)They bring to mind Augustine's c ...more
Cash Cherry
Apr 24, 2016 Cash Cherry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a beautifully interesting study on ten mysteries. My favorite one was when the author questions the nature of reality, as he offers many theories, sucj as the multiverse theory, that explain different facets of the problem. In "What do we do with the stpuid?" he offers the plight of the people who are of a lower intelligence than average, but high enough to not be given special help. They are less healthy, more likely to commit crimes, and less likely to be employed than the rest o ...more
Chance
Oct 10, 2012 Chance rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: to anyone who wants to read it
The author's purpose to the story is to explain the ten questions science can't answer (yet). He brings up stories to help explain why science can't answer these ten questions. He also is misleading when it comes to the question that science can't answer which broadens my views on questions science can't answer.

The theme to the book at least to me is life is full of unanswered questions. I think it's the theme because the book revolves around these so far impossible questions to answer. I feel
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Tami
I want to start by owning up to the fact that I am a lay person reading a book full of some deep scientific thought and questions. This is not the type of book I would ordinarily read. I found it while doing research for another project and the title of Chapter 4: what are we going to do with the stupid? caught my eye.

Me being me, I thought maybe it was some clever, wicked parody with 'stupidity' defined as 'thoughtless' or 'lack of common sense.'

The chapter actually looks at the issue of people
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Beatriz Canas Mendes
A princípio, fiquei um pouco céptica com este livro. A linguagem foi o maior choque para mim, que não estou habituada a termos científicos e os que conheço são apenas os que aprendi no ensino básico. Comecei a perder um pouco o interesse. No entanto, à medida que fui retomando a leitura, descobri que, afinal, todos esses termos são, com alguma concentração, bastante acessíveis. As 10 perguntas estão todas colocadas de uma maneira muito criativa e que nos cativa a conhecer o ponto de vista do aut ...more
Steve Mitchell
Aug 01, 2013 Steve Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The only thing that I know for sure is that I know nothing." Although I do not accept the Socratic paradox as being literally true, I do realise that with science we only know what has not been proved wrong yet. Newton's Law of Gravity works fine here on planet Earth but close to stars - let alone black holes - and the law gets broken: we need to look to Einstein to find out how gravity actually works. Although there is loads of stuff that I do not know, there is loads of stuff that the very gr ...more
Julie
May 03, 2015 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It has some interesting discussions but his attack on the beliefs of others, specifically the belief in astrology, made it a huge turn-off. Otherwise I liked the sympathy given to animals, and the weight gaining aspect of a nation, and that many really do live a long life, food for thought.
Phil South
Mar 18, 2013 Phil South rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant book which reaffirms the principle I've always lived by, and that is it's not science that answers questions about the universe, it's us, and the more we know the more we find out we don;t know. I love that.

Hanlon is an atheist skeptic who is unafraid to march off into unfamiliar and uncomfortable territory, and even if he confesses there is no answer, at least he's entertaining and open minded about all the interesting questions.
Gordon
Dec 25, 2010 Gordon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This would score higher without my engineering background giving me an edge on the scientific questions under discussion. The treatments are not elementary, but simplified. It's a great book to get excited about the future, but I've read more involved works about the moral and ethical choices facing the future's children.
Ricardo M
Dec 08, 2010 Ricardo M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It gives you lots of things to think on, a good philosophical read. The 10 questions themselves aren't that good, but the possibilities suggested are awesome! Actually, the book tries to answer much more than ten questions and, IMO, he shouldn't have divided the book this way.
William Lubold
Hanlon's an okay writer at best, and his ten questions leave something to bed desired. But he's writing in earnest, and brings up some interesting points. I'm glad I got this one from the library and didn't pay money for it.
Pranitha
May 27, 2014 Pranitha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
super interesting.. scientific facts that make you wonder.. questions your beliefs..
Cate
Jan 30, 2008 Cate is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting chapter entitled: Can I Live Forever Please?

great, succinct thoughts and comparisons on all manner of life -- longevity -- and more.

I'm liking it.
Kayley
Dec 04, 2013 Kayley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started off very interesting, then slowly got less interesting and more confusing as it went on. However, very informative and an okay choice for a book report!
Pia
Sep 08, 2013 Pia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
- Repetitive
- Not engaging, got very caught up in showcasing scientific knowledge
- Not well structured
- Arguments not clearly presented
Long Williams
Jan 31, 2013 Long Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read into the inadequacies of human knowledge.
Dunja
Dec 12, 2013 Dunja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah science and british humor - the best mix!
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