padNine Crazy Ideas in Science A Few Might Even Be True

by Robert Ehrlich

Pondering nine theories currently being debated by scientists, politicians, and the public alike, Ehrlich scientifically evaluates each one. He rates each idea on a "cuckoo scale," with one cuckoo denoting possible feasibility and four cuckoos, probable impossibility. The issues are reflected in the book's chapter titles, including "More Guns Means Less Crime," "AIDS Is Not Caused by HIV," "Nuclear Radiation Is Beneficial," and "There Was No Big Bang." The author thoroughly considers the agenda, hidden or otherwise, of people proposing these ideas and notes established scientific findings that support or refute them.

Princeton U Pr, 2001, 244 p., b&w; illus., hardcover

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