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Alternative Science: Challenging the Myths of the Scientific Establishment
Alternative Science
Challenging the Myths of the Scientific Establishment
Paperback      ISBN: 0892816317
In this compelling tour through the world of anomalous research, Richard Milton makes clear what the scientific establishment takes pains to deny: plenty of hard experimental evidence already exists for such things as cold fusion, paranormal phenomena, bioenergy, and the effectiveness of alternative medicine. Because these subjects and those who dare to investigate them are continually denied legitimacy by what can only be called the "paradigm police," the public is led to believe that all claims made about such topics are completely groundless. With humor and an eye for the telling detail, the author describes many instances when the defenders of scientific orthodoxy acted with unscientific rigidity in the face of the evidence. Faraday, Roentgen, Edison, and even the Wright Brothers were thought to be charlatans by their contemporaries. Taking the broad view of the way science is done, Milton discusses the forces at work in the marginalization of unorthodox research, and makes the reader wonder if there is not something fundamentally wrong with the way that science is currently being practiced.Â
River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life
River Out of Eden
A Darwinian View of Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0465069908
Expanding on his theory that the gene is the basic unit of evolution, the author explains how genes meet, compete, unite, and separate to form new species
Ideas and Opinions
Ideas and Opinions
Hardcover      ISBN: 0517003937
A collection of Einstein's popular writings includes his thoughts on such subjects as relativity, war, peace, religion, science, human rights, economics, and government
The Self-Aware Universe: How Consciousness Creates the Material World
The Self-Aware Universe
How Consciousness Creates the Material World
Paperback      ISBN: 0874777984
Consciousness, not matter, is the ground of all existence, declares University of Oregon physicist Goswami, echoing the mystic sages of his native India. He holds that the universe is self-aware, and that consciousness creates the physical world.
Beyond Einstein: The Cosmic Quest for the Theory of the Universe
Beyond Einstein
The Cosmic Quest for the Theory of the Universe
Paperback      ISBN: 0385477813
A revised and updated edition of an introduction to the most cutting-edge field in physics, superstring theory, explains how scientists have been able to join the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics to approach a theory of the universe. Reprint.
The Construction of Modern Science: Mechanisms and Mechanics
The Construction of Modern Science
Mechanisms and Mechanics
Paperback      ISBN: 0521292956
The interplay between the Platonic-Pythagorean tradition and the mechanical philosophy during the 'scientific revolution'.
The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
The Lives of a Cell
Notes of a Biology Watcher
Paperback      ISBN: 0140047433
A physician and cancer researcher shares his personal observations on the uniformity, diversity, interdependence, and strange powers of the earth's life forms
The Symbolic Species: The Co-Evolution of Language and the Brain
The Symbolic Species
The Co-Evolution of Language and the Brain
Hardcover      ISBN: 0393038386
Theorizing that the human brain and language developed in concert, a study of the origin of language argues that the seeds of language grew and developed in pair bonding between proto- and early-human males and females.
The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures
The Man Who Counted
A Collection of Mathematical Adventures
Paperback      ISBN: 0393309347
A collection of famous mathematical puzzles, taken from a popular newspaper column, features the "writings" of the fictional author, Malba Tahan, who describes different mathematical puzzles and solutions applied to real situations. Simultaneous.
The Autobiography of Charles Darwin 1809-1882
The Autobiography of Charles Darwin 1809-1882
Paperback      ISBN: 0393310698
Charles Darwin's Autobiography was first published in 1887, five years after his death. It was a bowdlerized edition: Darwin's family, attempting to protect his posthumous reputation, had deleted all the passages they considered too personal or controversial. The present complete edition did not appear until 1959, one hundred years after the publication of The Origin of Species. Upon its appearance, Loren Eiseley wrote: "No man can pretend to know Darwin who does not know his autobiography. Here, for the first time since his death, it is presented complete and unexpurgated, as it exists in the family archives. It will prove invaluable to biographers and cast new light on the personality of one of the world's greatest scientists. Nora Barlow, Darwin's granddaughter, has proved herself a superb editor. Her own annotations make fascinating reading." The daring and restless mind, the integrity and simplicity of Darwin's character are revealed in this direct and personal account of his life--his family, his education, his explorations of the natural world, his religion and philosophy. The editor has provided page and line references to the more important restored passages, and previously unpublished notes and letters on family matters and on the controversy between Samuel Butler appear in an appendix.