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Hoaxed!: Fakes and Mistakes in the World of Science

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Scientists are smart people, trained to be skeptical and to test their hypotheses. But sometime hoaxes, fakes and mistakes rock their world. Hoaxed! uncovers and explains 17 brilliantly bogus stories from the history of science. You'll find usual suspects such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, as well as some lesser known but fascinating stories: phony ancient bones, a ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Kids Can Press
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Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
A quick look at multiple hoaxes (usually 4-6 pages spent on each) and a few topics that were thought to be hoaxes and actually weren't (the discovery of platypuses). Mostly focuses on how to spot a hoax, or at least warning signs to encourage skepticism.

So as a lesson in spotting "fake news" this is pretty good, but as a scientific look at the topic it is a bit disappointing. Though the authors touch on the scientific method very briefly in exploring cold fusion, it is lacking for other topics.

Penelope Wright
Nov 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book did a great job of introducing healthy skepticism in an age appropriate way. I loved the way it ended with Ockham's Razor, something I'd never heard of but which I'm probably going to reference frequently from now on. ...more
Katie Helwig
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ever wonder what exactly scientists do and why they are so important? If it weren’t for scientiss, some of the biggest hoaxes in the history of the world would have never been revealed. If it weren’t for scientists, most of us might still think that UFOs are flying around the sky at night. They are important because they find the truth behind real science versus lies and hoaxes. A hoax is a lie that is purposefully meant to deceive people. How do you know when something is a hoax or not? In Hoax ...more
Kaley Robinson
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was filled with information! The book was a little random it what it choose, but it gave a lot of things to read and look at. It was fun to read about the science experiments, like cold fusion, that went wrong. One reason I did enjoy this book was because the book wasn't full of just photographs and bland writing. It was humorous and made it feel like I was reading for leisure and not learning a lot of information.

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Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is definitely still one of my favourite books, after almost three years since Yes Mag, the Canadian science magazine for kids, was shut down. I still look over the books and magazines that were written by these amazing authors and think how could MAD SCIENCE shut down this incredible source of knowledge, written by Canadians! The stacks books and of magazines I have in my room, dating back from 2005 (when I was only eight years old) to the final issue in 2012, have never seen dust on them a ...more
Kate Hastings
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Grades 4-7. Picked this up to see if it could supplement the lesson on urban legends, hoaxes and superstitions I do with 5th grade. Book covers examples of hoaxes like Piltdown Man (faked fossil of ape-like humanoid), bird "collector" Richard Meinertzhagen, platypus non-hoax, the stone-age T'boli tribe discovered near the Philippines, crop circles, cold fusion and Roswell. There are great tips on clues to look for in a hoax so that you don't fall for them. ...more
Sep 26, 2012 rated it liked it
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This book was about various hoaxes and fakes that have rocked the scientific community in the past two centuries.

I didn't really enjoy this book much, but for some students who are middle-grade readers interested in science, it would be interesting.

Isabella, Jude, and Howie Woo. Hoaxed!: fakes & mistakes in the world of science. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2009. Print.
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Don't be fooled! Learn how to spot the difference between a hoax and the real thing. Along the way you'll find out about a dinosaur fraud, crop circles, famous UFO landings, the Loch Ness monster and Bigfoot Bob. Packed with information, photos and cartoon illustrations, this book is a fun way to pick up some scientific know-how. ...more
Mar 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Interesting collection of hoaxes from throughout history: how they were pulled off, how they were disproved. Good for teaching proper scientific evaluation. Booktalked by reading "Hoaxspotting" on p. 5 and offering the New Mexico flying-saucer scenario on p. 38 for testing as a hoax. ...more
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