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

Author: Robert Ehrlich
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Publisher description: 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.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Ehrlich
ISBN: 0691070016 9780691070018 0691094950 9780691094953
OCLC Number: 45320766
Description: 244 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
More guns means less crime --
AIDS is not caused by HIV --
Sun exposure is beneficial --
Low doses of nuclear radiation are beneficial --
The solar system has two suns --
Oil, coal, and gas have abiogenic origins --
Time travel is possible --
Faster-than-light particles exist --
There was no Big Bang --
Epilogue.
Other Titles: 9 crazy ideas in science
Responsibility: Robert Ehrlich.
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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  Read more...

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