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Voodoo science : the road from foolishness to fraud

Author: Robert L Park
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2001, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In a time of dazzling scientific progress, how are we to separate genuine breakthroughs from the noisy gaggle of false claims? Touching on everything from Deepak Chopra's "quantum alternative to growing old" and "free energy" machines to unwarranted hype surrounding the International Space Station, Robert L. Park leads us through the dim back alleys of fringe science, down the gleaming corridors of Washington  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert L Park
ISBN: 0195147103 9780195147100
OCLC Number: 51491885
Notes: "First issued as an Oxford University Press paperback, 2001"--Title page verso.
Includes index.
Description: x, 230 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: It's not news, it's entertainment : in which the media covers voodoo science --
The belief gene : in which science offers a strategy for sorting out the truth --
Placebos have side effects : in which people turn to "natural" medicine --
The virtual astronaut : in which people dream of artificial worlds --
There ought to be a law : in which Congress seeks to repeal the laws of thermodynamics --
Perpetuum mobile : in which people dream of infinite free energy --
Currents of fear : in which power lines are suspected of causing cancer --
Judgment day : in which the courts confront "junk science" --
Only mushrooms grow in the dark : in which voodoo science is protected by official secrecy --
How strange is the universe? : in which ancient superstitions reappear as pseudoscience.
Responsibility: Robert L. Park.

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"Robert Park, in these 10 well-written essays for a lay audience, uses pathological science as a starting point for far-reaching discussions of science and society. Park is an articulate and Read more...

 
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