Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science

Author: Martin Gardner

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486131629

Category: Science

Page: 384

View: 8319

Fair, witty appraisal of cranks, quacks, and quackeries of science and pseudoscience: hollow earth, Velikovsky, orgone energy, Dianetics, flying saucers, Bridey Murphy, food and medical fads, and much more.
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Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science

Author: Martin Gardner

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486203942

Category: Science

Page: 363

View: 9327

Reviews fads, hoaxes, and cults propagated under the guise of being scientifically founded and proven
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Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science

Author: Martin Gardner

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486203942

Category: Science

Page: 363

View: 9795

Reviews fads, hoaxes, and cults propagated under the guise of being scientifically founded and proven
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The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener

Author: Martin Gardner

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0312206828

Category: Philosophy

Page: 496

View: 6977

A noted author defends his personal attitudes toward the fundamental issues of classical philosophy, discussing the awesome mystery surrounding science and life and explaining why he considers himself a theist
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Undiluted Hocus-Pocus

The Autobiography of Martin Gardner

Author: Martin Gardner

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400847982

Category: Mathematics

Page: 288

View: 9249

Martin Gardner wrote the Mathematical Games column for Scientific American for twenty-five years and published more than seventy books on topics as diverse as magic, religion, and Alice in Wonderland. Gardner's illuminating autobiography is a candid self-portrait by the man evolutionary theorist Stephen Jay Gould called our "single brightest beacon" for the defense of rationality and good science against mysticism and anti-intellectualism. Gardner takes readers from his childhood in Oklahoma to his varied and wide-ranging professional pursuits. He shares colorful anecdotes about the many fascinating people he met and mentored, and voices strong opinions on the subjects that matter to him most, from his love of mathematics to his uncompromising stance against pseudoscience. For Gardner, our mathematically structured universe is undiluted hocus-pocus—a marvelous enigma, in other words. Undiluted Hocus-Pocus offers a rare, intimate look at Gardner’s life and work, and the experiences that shaped both.
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When You Were a Tadpole and I Was a Fish

And Other Speculations About This and That

Author: Martin Gardner

Publisher: Hill and Wang

ISBN: 9781429935548

Category: Science

Page: 256

View: 6096

Best known as the longtime writer of the Mathematical Games column for Scientific American—which introduced generations of readers to the joys of recreational mathematics—Martin Gardner has for decades pursued a parallel career as a devastatingly effective debunker of what he once famously dubbed "fads and fallacies in the name of science." It is mainly in this latter role that he is onstage in this collection of choice essays. When You Were a Tadpole and I Was a Fish takes aim at a gallery of amusing targets, ranging from Ann Coulter's qualifications as an evolutionary biologist to the logical fallacies of precognition and extrasensory perception, from Santa Claus to The Wizard of Oz, from mutilated chessboards to the little-known "one-poem poet" Langdon Smith (the original author of this volume's title line). The writings assembled here fall naturally into seven broad categories: Science, Bogus Science, Mathematics, Logic, Literature, Religion and Philosophy, and Politics. Under each heading, Gardner displays an awesome level of erudition combined with a wicked sense of humor.
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Entertaining Science Experiments with Everyday Objects

Author: Martin Gardner

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486319113

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

View: 5691

A prominent popular science writer presents simple instructions for 100 illustrated experiments. Memorable, easily understood experiments illuminate principles related to astronomy, chemistry, physiology, psychology, mathematics, topology, probability, acoustics, other areas.
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The Wreck of the Titanic Foretold?

Author: Martin Gardner

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781573922012

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 157

View: 1943

Discusses the widespread belief that the sinking of the Titanic was described before it happened, and presents the complete texts of Morgan Robinson's short novel, "Futility," about the sinking of a ship called the Titan, and similar works
Posted in Body, Mind & Spirit

Omphalos

An Attempt to Untie the Geological Knot

Author: Philip Henry Gosse

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Bible and geology

Page: 376

View: 1461

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Mental Magic

Surefire Tricks to Amaze Your Friends

Author: Martin Gardner

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486146162

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

View: 2522

Professor Picanumba has dozens of surefire tricks up his sleeve — and he's willing to show junior mathemagicians how to predict the answers to 88 word and number challenges. Includes solutions and illustrations.
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Martin Gardner's Science Magic

Tricks and Puzzles

Author: Martin Gardner

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486152901

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

View: 7797

Fun and fascinating, 89 simple magic tricks will teach both children and adults the scientific principles behind electricity, magnetism, sound, gravity, water, and more. Only basic everyday items are needed. Includes 89 black-and-white illustrations.
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Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles

Author: Martin Gardner

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486252117

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

View: 2986

Playing with mathematical riddles can be an intriguing and fun-filled pastime — as popular science writer Martin Gardner proves in this entertaining collection. Puzzlists need only an elementary knowledge of math and a will to resist looking up the answer before trying to solve a problem. Written in a light and witty style, Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles is a mixture of old and new riddles, grouped into sections that cover a variety of mathematical topics: money, speed, plane and solid geometry, probability, topology, tricky puzzles, and more. The probability section, for example, points out that everything we do, everything that happens around us, obeys the laws of probability; geometry puzzles test our ability to think pictorially and often, in more than one dimension; while topology, among the "youngest and rowdiest branches of modern geometry," offers a glimpse into a strange dimension where properties remain unchanged, no matter how a figure is twisted, stretched, or compressed. Clear and concise comments at the beginning of each section explain the nature and importance of the math needed to solve each puzzle. A carefully explained solution follows each problem. In many cases, all that is needed to solve a puzzle is the ability to think logically and clearly, to be "on the alert for surprising, off-beat angles...that strange hidden factor that everyone else had overlooked." Fully illustrated, this engaging collection will appeal to parents and children, amateur mathematicians, scientists, and students alike, and may, as the author writes, make the reader "want to study the subject in earnest" and explains "some of the inviting paths that wind away from the problems into lusher areas of the mathematical jungle." 65 black-and-white illustrations.
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Relativity Simply Explained

Author: Martin Gardner

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486315614

Category: Science

Page: 192

View: 2525

One of the subject's clearest, most entertaining introductions offers lucid explanations of special and general theories of relativity, gravity, and spacetime, models of the universe, and more. 100 illustrations.
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Smart Science Tricks

Author: Martin Gardner,Bob Steimle

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 9781402722202

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 144

View: 6682

Presents ninety-five tricks and short experiments, each with a supply list and simple explanation as to why it works and involving such common items as pencils, playing cards, magnets, and plastic cups.
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Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing

Author: Martin Gardner

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486320316

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 96

View: 4741

Cipher and decipher codes: transposition and polyalphabetical ciphers, famous codes, typewriter and telephone codes, codes that use playing cards, knots, and swizzle sticks . . . even invisible writing and sending messages through space. 45 diagrams.
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The Night Is Large

Collected Essays, 1938-1995

Author: Martin Gardner

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312169497

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 608

View: 9728

An anthology of fifty-four essays representing nearly sixty years of work encompasses topics ranging from the mysteries of quantum physics to the question of the existence of God to the paradox of the significance of nothing
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Martin Gardner's Table Magic

Author: Martin Gardner

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486318923

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 137

View: 3499

Step-by-step instructions and nearly 200 simple diagrams show beginners how to make cards vanish and reappear, get coins to pass through solid objects, make articles mysteriously travel from one location to another, and more.
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Famous Poems from Bygone Days

Author: Martin Gardner

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486148564

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 208

View: 4577

Over 80 poems from the 19th and early 20th centuries, including works about love and war, ships and the sea, farms and family, life and death, heaven and hell.
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The Colossal Book of Mathematics

Classic Puzzles, Paradoxes, and Problems : Number Theory, Algebra, Geometry, Probability, Topology, Game Theory, Infinity, and Other Topics of Recreational Mathematics

Author: Martin Gardner

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393020236

Category: Games

Page: 724

View: 8896

The author presents a selection of pieces from his Scientific American "Mathematical Games" column, presenting puzzles and concepts that range from arithmetic and geometrical games to the meaning of M.C. Escher's artwork.
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