Weighing the Soul: Scientific Discovery from the Brilliant to the Bizarre Kindle Edition

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"Science and common sense often don’t mix," notes Fisher, a research fellow at the University of Bristol famous for studying the science of dunking doughnuts. This new effort is largely about discoveries, such as the wave theory of light and the theory of relativity, that defy reason yet are the bedrock for scientific understanding of the world. To make his various points, Fisher portrays an eclectic mix of scientists and the ridicule heaped on them for their apparently nutty ideas; he also includes genuine quacks and charlatans, like "Doctor James Graham," whose 18th-century specialty was enhancing his customers’ sex lives with electrical devices. Fisher entertains in an airy, lighthearted manner, while also imparting his own philosophy of science, eloquently discussing the borderlines between science and philosophy and faith; in his view, science can’t know everything, and those things that it can’t know "are the province of philosophy and religion." He also tackles the question of whether science can keep us safe. For instance, can it answer questions about the long-term effect of exposure to microwaves? Fisher’s answer is guarded: taking risks is necessary for progress; science’s job is to provide accurate information with which to weigh both the risk of trying something new and the risk of not trying it. Illus. Agent, Barbara Levy.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Len Fisher is an honorary research fellow in the Department of Physics, University of Bristol, England. The author of more than eighty scientific papers, Fisher has made more than 200 radio and television appearances worldwide.  --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN : B00CKXU1RM
  • Publisher : Arcade (January 23, 2012)
  • Publication date : January 23, 2012
  • Language : English
  • File size : 878 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 227 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
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