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The 100 most outrageous hoaxes and mistakes

Author: Susan Elkin
Publisher: New York : Cavendish Square, 2018.
Series: Popular science fact book for inquiring minds.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Scientific breakthroughs are often regarded with suspicion, especially those that diverge substantially from established theories. New ideas are tested by scientists around the world to ensure that they hold up to scrutiny. This book takes a look at the instances when, despite these precautions, the scientific community got it wrong. The book includes the most infamous cases of fraud and famous mistakes that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Juvenile works
Juvenile literature
Material Type: Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Elkin
ISBN: 1502632896 9781502632890
OCLC Number: 1004721939
Description: 174 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The way stuff (doesn't) work --
Neutrinos are faster than light --
Diamonds come from coal --
Alchemy creates gold --
Heavy objects fall faster --
A pinch of salt makes water boil faster --
The three states of matter --
Red Mercury exists --
Cold fusion --
N-rays --
The dangers of dihydrogen monoxide --
Y2K will end the world --
The perpetual motion machine --
It's possible for a planet to have only one magnetic pole --
Centrifugal force --
Archaeological marvels --
The Piltdown Man --
The Cardiff Giant --
The lying stones --
King Tut's curse --
The Kensington Runestone --
Shinichi Fujimura and Paleolithic Japan --
The Tasaday tribe --
Human life --
Cracking your knuckles gives you arthritis --
Milk makes mucus thicker --
A dropped penny can kill you --
Cigarettes are good for you --
Shaving makes you hairier --
Your fingernails and hair keep growing after you die --
Phrenolgoy --
Vaccines cause autism --
Aphrodisiacs --
Colloidal silver is an alternative antibiotic --
Photographic memory is real --
Left brain, right brain --
right? wrong! --
It takes seven years to digest a piece of gun --
You lose most of your body heat through your head --
Cold weather can make you sick --
Leprosy is highly contagious --
Antibiotics can be used against viruses --
Bloodletting will make you well --
You can't grow new brain cells --
Stress can cause ulcers --
Mary Toft's incredible progeny --
Sugar causes hyperactivity --
Humans evolved from apes --
Blondes and redheads are disappearing --
It's dangerous to wake a sleepwalker --
The mechanical chess champion --
You can photograph ghosts --
Thomas Edison invented a "food machine" --
We have only five senses --
Homeopathy actually works --
Blood inside the body is blue --
Animals, real and imagined --
The archaeoraptor --
Humans and dinosaurs coexisted --
Brontosaurus once walked the Earth --
Bats are blind --
Flies live for only a day --
Megalodon is still roaming the seas --
Dogs sweat through their tongues --
The flight of the bumblebee is a mystery of science --
Sharks never get cancer --
The Loch Ness monster lurks in the deep --
The legend of Bigfoot --
Duck quacks don't echo --
Frogs won't jump out of boiling water if you heat it slowly --
Lemmings commit mass suicide --
Jackalopes roam the West --
A mother bird will abandon her young if you touch it --
Our planet --
Hollow-Earth theory --
Water flushes in opposite directions in different hemispheres --
Life can spontaneously generate --
An egg will stand on its end during the vernal equinox --
Lightning never strikes the same place twice --
The Earth is flat --
Our planet is expanding --
Climate change does not exist --
Chemtrails are poison --
You can "dowse" for water --
Earth's distance from the sun determines seasons --
Space and beyond --
UFOs make crop circles --
Geocentrism --
The canals of Mars --
There are pyramids on the moon --
The Atacama alien --
The dark side of the moon --
Black holes are actually holes --
The Apollo moon landings were fake --
Document 12-571-33570 (aka sex in space) --
Orgueil meteorite --
Polaris is the brightest star --
Alien abductions --
Alien autopsy --
Astrology --
The planet Vulcan --
There is no gravity in space --
The war of the worlds --
The Mars-moon myth --
Pluto is a planet --
Einstein's static universe --
Aliens caused the Tunguska Event.
Series Title: Popular science fact book for inquiring minds.
Other Titles: One hundred most outrageous hoaxes and mistakes
Responsibility: edited by Susan Elkin.

Abstract:

Scientific breakthroughs are often regarded with suspicion, especially those that diverge substantially from established theories. New ideas are tested by scientists around the world to ensure that they hold up to scrutiny. This book takes a look at the instances when, despite these precautions, the scientific community got it wrong. The book includes the most infamous cases of fraud and famous mistakes that initially had scientists fooled.

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