The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense

Paperback | October 15, 2002

byMichael Shermer

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In The Borderlands of Science Michael Shermer takes us to the place where real science (such as the big bang theory), borderland science (superstring theory), and just plain nonsense (Big Foot) collide with one another. An excursion through the borderlands of science, history, and historicalbiography, enlivened by the many interesting stories and insights involving many of history's most famous scientists.

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In The Borderlands of Science Michael Shermer takes us to the place where real science (such as the big bang theory), borderland science (superstring theory), and just plain nonsense (Big Foot) collide with one another. An excursion through the borderlands of science, history, and historicalbiography, enlivened by the many interesting ...

Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Skeptic magazine (www.skeptic.com) and the Director of The Skeptics Society. He is a Visiting Associate at the California Institute of Technology, and hosts the Skeptics Lecture Series at Cal Tech. He has authored several popular books on science, scientific history, and...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:October 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195157982

ISBN - 13:9780195157987

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Science Can Be Interesting This is a good book overall but it occasionally get bogged down with too much science. It is best when explaining the behavioral aspects of human beings and how we fool ourselves into thinking things. The highlight was the "Beautiful People Myth".
Date published: 2008-11-22

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Borderlands Theories1. The Knowledge Filter2. Theories of Everything3. Only God Can Do That?4. Blood, Sweat, and Fears5. Paradigms and ParadoxesPart II: Borderlands People6. The Day the Earth Moved7. Heretic-Personality8. A Scientist Among the Spiritualists9. Pedestals and Statues10. The Exquisite BalancePart III: Borderlands History11. The Beautiful People Myth12. The Amadeus Myth13. A Gentlemanly Arrangement14. The Great Bone HoaxBibliographyIndex

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`splendidly entertaining'The Guardian