By Robert Ehrlich

ISBN-10: 0691070016

ISBN-13: 9780691070018

ISBN-10: 0691094950

ISBN-13: 9780691094953

AIDS isn't really attributable to HIV. Coal and oil will not be fossil fuels. Radiation publicity is sweet for you. allotting extra weapons reduces crime. those principles make headlines, yet so much trained humans scoff at them. but a few of science's most vital concepts-from gravity to evolution-have surfaced from the pool of loopy principles. in reality, a very good a part of technology is distinguishing among important loopy principles and people who are only simple nutty. during this booklet, a well known physicist with an affinity for peculiar rules applies his open brain to 9 arguable propositions on topical topics. a few, it seems, are significantly reduce at the cuckoo scale than others.

Robert Ehrlich evaluates, for the overall reader or pupil, 9 doubtless far-out propositions culled from physics, biology, and social technology. within the technique, he demonstrates in easy-to-understand phrases how you can weigh an issue, pass judgement on a persons' use of records, determine underlying assumptions, and ferret out mystery agendas. His conclusions are often stunning. for example, he reveals that whereas HIV does reason AIDS and the universe probably all started with a tremendous bang, our sun procedure may have suns, faster-than-light debris could exist, and time shuttle cannot be governed out as mere technology fiction.

somebody drawn to unorthodox principles gets a kick out of this e-book. And, as a enjoyable approach of studying tips to imagine like a scientist, it has huge, immense academic price. in fact, merely time will inform no matter if any of those 9 rules stands out as the subsequent continental drift--the now orthodox account of the Earth's geology that was once for years only a loopy idea.

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