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Author: Martin Gardner
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1996.
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Never before has American education in science sunk so low, or the flood of books about bogus science risen so high. Books discrediting the paranormal are outnumbered by those promoting astrology, angels, parapsychology, bizarre forms of medicine and healing, the prophecies of Nostradamus, the secrets of the Great Pyramid, attacks on evolution, and scores of similar follies. Martin Gardner is among those science  Read more...
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Gardner, Martin, 1914-2010.
Weird water & fuzzy logic.
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1996
(OCoLC)653038973
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Gardner
ISBN: 1573920967 9781573920964
OCLC Number: 35103182
Description: 260 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Probability paradoxes --
Big bang is alive and well --
Marianne Williamson and A course in miracles --
Margaret Mead's great Samoan hoax --
E-prime: getting rid of isness --
RMT: repressed memory therapy --
Weird water, HOh! --
Pealeism and the paranormal --
The cult of the golden ratio --
Eyeless vision and God --
The tragedies of false memories --
Literary science blunders --
Science vs. beauty? --
Doug Henning and the giggling guru --
Klingon and other artificial languages --
Fuzzy logic --
From here to infinity --
How science works and fails --
The faith of three scientists --
Speculations of Freeman Dyson --
Sheldon Glashow on science and superstrings --
Heinz Pagels on minds and computers --
Symmetry from A to Zee --
Mathematical breakthroughs --
Technology's awesome march. To Pluto and beyond --
Astronomers and God --
Reading the mind of nobody --
Is western culture vanishing? --
Pencils --
Allan Sandage's cosmology --
The mystery of consciousness --
Is there a God? --
The world of Stephen Jay Gould --
Incredible Ramanujan --
How to make a PPO --Archeological crankery --
Joseph Campbell, "racist" --
Information theory and the universe --
Mathematical beauty and certainty --
More speculations of Freeman Dyson --
Richard Feynman, magician --
Is the second coming coming? --
Do humans spontaneously combust? --
Will science discover everything? --
Tunnels of the mind.
Other Titles: Weird water and fuzzy logic
Responsibility: Martin Gardner.

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Never before has American education in science sunk so low, or the flood of books about bogus science risen so high. Books discrediting the paranormal are outnumbered by those promoting astrology, angels, parapsychology, bizarre forms of medicine and healing, the prophecies of Nostradamus, the secrets of the Great Pyramid, attacks on evolution, and scores of similar follies. Martin Gardner is among those science writers who believe that this tide of irrationality needs to be stemmed by informed writing. For years Gardner has authored the "Notes of a Fringe Watcher" column for Skeptical Inquirer magazine. Weird Water and Fuzzy Logic: More Notes of a Fringe Watcher is a collection of Gardner's columns, to which are added thirty recent reviews of books that deal with science, philosophy, theology, and the paranormal.

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