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Nine Crazy Ideas in Science: A Few Might Even Be True

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AIDS is not caused by HIV. Coal and oil are not fossil fuels. Radiation exposure is good for you. Distributing more guns reduces crime. These ideas make headlines, but most educated people scoff at them. Yet some of science's most important concepts-from gravity to evolution-have surfaced from the pool of crazy ideas. In fact, a good part of science is distinguishing betwe ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 23rd 2002 by Princeton University Press (first published 2001)
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Neveen
Dec 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. The only thing that stopped me from giving it 5 stars is the somewhat complex physics involved. It is inspiring for anyone interested in science and scientific thinking and perfect for those who have a deep understanding of physics or are employed in the field. As a pharmacist, the single chapter involved in biology was easier to comprehend for me than others, but I still enjoyed reading the others. Erlich's "in other words" sentences do a good job elaborating some of the mate ...more
Mangoo
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Più armi in giro diminuiscono la violenza? Esporsi al sole fa male? Poche radiazioni ionizzanti fanno bene? Il petrolio è di origine organica? Il sole ha un doppio? Si può viaggiare nel tempo? Esistono i tachioni? L'HIV è la causa dell'AIDS? Il "big bang" c'è stato per davvero?
Ehrlich, professore a Princeton, affronta queste storie strane cercando di essere il più oggettivo possibile, allo scopo di insegnare come affrontare, nella scienza come nella vita, situazioni in cui si deve scegliere tra
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Marfita
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: essays
It was interesting to see, at first, someone in one discipline apply critical thinking to another. Ehrman is a physicist and is used to comparing data. It isn't until he gets to his own discipline that my eyes start to cross (great bedtime reading!) and I start suspecting his bias kicks in - heh!
You read so much conflicting data that it is nice to have someone to go through and point out where someone has made data lean more to their preconceptions, which is what he does with the data on guns,
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Bini
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of the best science books to read... Especially for the science enthusiasts among the readers... It was really amazing for the author to give the reader room to develop their own rating rather than forcing his opinion on the merits of the cray ideas discussed to be true...
severyn
Mar 05, 2007 rated it did not like it
One of those books that makes no impact at all. I can't think of anything else to say about it, good or bad.
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