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Nine crazy ideas in science : a few might even be true, Robert Ehrlich

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Nine crazy ideas in science : a few might even be true
Title
Nine crazy ideas in science
Title remainder
a few might even be true
Statement of responsibility
Robert Ehrlich
Title variation
9 crazy ideas in science
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 between useful crazy ideas and those that are just plain nutty. In this book, a well-known physicist with an affinity for odd ideas applies his open mind to nine controversial propositions on topical subjects. Some, it turns out, are considerably lower on the cuckoo scale than others. Robert Ehrlich evaluates, for the general reader or student, nine seemingly far-out propositions culled from physics, biology, and social science. In the process, he demonstrates in easy-to-understand terms how to weigh an argument, judge someone's use of statistics, identify underlying assumptions, and ferret out secret agendas. His conclusions are sometimes surprising. For instance, he finds that while HIV does cause AIDS and the universe almost certainly started with a big bang, our solar system could have two suns, faster-than-light particles might exist, and time travel can't be ruled out as mere science fiction. Anyone interested in unorthodox ideas will get a kick out of this book. And, as a fun way of learning how to think like a scientist, it has enormous educational value. Of course, only time will tell whether any of these nine ideas will be the next continental drift--the now orthodox account of the Earth's geology that was for years just a crazy idea
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INARC
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1938-
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Ehrlich, Robert
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Science
  • Hypothesis
  • SCIENCE
  • SCIENCE
  • Hypothesis
  • Science
  • Sciences
  • Hypothèse
  • Natuurwetenschappen
  • Theorieën
  • Hypothesen
  • Science
Label
Nine crazy ideas in science : a few might even be true, Robert Ehrlich
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-237) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • Low Doses of Nuclear Radiation Are Beneficial
  • 6.
  • The Solar System Has Two Suns
  • 7.
  • Oil, Coal, and Gas Have Abiogenic Origins
  • 8.
  • Time Travel Is Possible
  • 9.
  • Faster-than-Light Particles Exist
  • 1.
  • 10.
  • There Was No Big Bang
  • 11.
  • Epilogue
  • Introduction
  • 2.
  • More Guns Means Less Crime
  • 3.
  • AIDS Is Not Caused by HIV
  • 4.
  • Sun Exposure Is Beneficial
Control code
on1036789057
Extent
1 online resource (244 pages
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691187839
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctv3987kb
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1036789057
Label
Nine crazy ideas in science : a few might even be true, Robert Ehrlich
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-237) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • Low Doses of Nuclear Radiation Are Beneficial
  • 6.
  • The Solar System Has Two Suns
  • 7.
  • Oil, Coal, and Gas Have Abiogenic Origins
  • 8.
  • Time Travel Is Possible
  • 9.
  • Faster-than-Light Particles Exist
  • 1.
  • 10.
  • There Was No Big Bang
  • 11.
  • Epilogue
  • Introduction
  • 2.
  • More Guns Means Less Crime
  • 3.
  • AIDS Is Not Caused by HIV
  • 4.
  • Sun Exposure Is Beneficial
Control code
on1036789057
Extent
1 online resource (244 pages
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691187839
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctv3987kb
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1036789057

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