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Science Friction : Where the Known Meets the Unknown
by Michael Shermer


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"Michael Shermer has given a lot of things a lot of thought. If your perceptions have ever rubbed you the wrong way, you'll find "Science Friction" fascinating." Bill Nye, The Science Guy

A scientist pretends to be a psychic for a day and fools everyone.  Read more...


 
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Overview

"Michael Shermer has given a lot of things a lot of thought. If your perceptions have ever rubbed you the wrong way, you'll find "Science Friction" fascinating." Bill Nye, The Science Guy

A scientist pretends to be a psychic for a day and fools everyone. An athlete discovers that good-luck rituals and getting into "the zone" may, or may not, improve his performance. A son explores the possiblities of alternative and experimental medicine for his cancer-ravaged mother. And a skeptic realizes that it is time to turn the skeptical lens onto science itself.
In each of the fourteen essays in "Science Friction," bestselling author Michael Shermer explores the very personal barriers and biases that plague and propel science, especially when scientists push against the unknown. What do we know and what do we not know? How does science respond to controversy, attack, and uncertainty? When does theory become accepted fact? As always, Shermer delivers a thought-provoking, fascinating, and entertaining view of life in the scientific age.

"Meaty accounts and] entertaining discussion . . . well worth having." "The Washington Post Book World"

" Shermer's] main obsession is the truth . . . Amateur skeptics will learn from his matter-of-fact dismissals of astrology and creationism." "Psychology Today"

"Extremely entertaining." "Science News""

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780805079142
  • ISBN-10: 0805079149
  • Publisher: Owl Books (NY)
  • Publish Date: September 2000
  • Page Count: 296


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