read: 23 September 2004
This author, along with his co-author Henri Broch, has had enough of pseudoscience. He’s also had enough of people telling him that something is true scientifically when he knows that is not the case. This short book sets out to debunk some of the non-scientific things we’ve been led to believe, from the spiritual hype of coal walking to the psychic puffery of bent keys. This book was translated from the original French so the language and just the manner of assertions that Charpak makes can seem stilted at times. The book also has a tendency to be all over the place which can make for amusing reading but perhaps not what you are looking for when you think you’re learning about science. A fun intro to the subject with authors who are clearly supergeniuses but not always completely coherent.
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