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Science a la Mode : Physical Fashions and Fictions

Author: Tony Rothman
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1991] ©1991
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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These iconoclastic and witty essays are about what happens when scientists jump on band-wagons. Tony Rothman applies creative skepticism to contemporary fashions in science, including the "standard model" Big Bang theory, geodesic domes, the concept of nuclear winter, and sociological applications of the second law of thermodynamics. "Rothman proves himself an excellent communicator ... I am grateful to him for he  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tony Rothman
ISBN: 9781400859856 1400859859
OCLC Number: 1013954547
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (224 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Frontmatter --
CONTENTS --
PREFACE --
1. E GARDEN OF COSMOLOGICAL DELIGHTS --
2. METAFLATION? --
3. Geodesics, Domes, and Spacetime --
4. The Evolution of Entropy --
5. A Memoir of Nuclear Winter --
6. Genius and Biographers: The Fictionalization of Evariste Galois --
NOTES --
INDEX.
Responsibility: Tony Rothman.
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These iconoclastic and witty essays are about what happens when scientists jump on band-wagons. Tony Rothman applies creative skepticism to contemporary fashions in science, including the "standard model" Big Bang theory, geodesic domes, the concept of nuclear winter, and sociological applications of the second law of thermodynamics. "Rothman proves himself an excellent communicator ... I am grateful to him for he has enlarged my vision, increased my understanding, and made me more aware of the beauty of the patterns and connections of all the world."--Dick Kovan, New Scientist "These six delightful essays address and substantiate the sociological underpinnings of the scientific enterprise ... I highly recommend this volume of excellent essays that remind us all of the `folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truth, and oneself for an oracle ... '"--Dennis W. Cheek, Science Books & FilmsOriginally published in 1991. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

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