Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction: Where Real Science Ends-- and Pseudoscience Begins

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Joseph Henry Press, 2001 - Science - 226 pages
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Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction takes us on a tour of the most notorious instances of pseudo-science and sets the record straight.

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Reviewed June 2001
Very good reference book on pseudoscience, quite a bit is covered here. I enjoyed the section on the scientific method and all the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. The
cartoons by Sidney Harris were usually enjoyable. I did find the lack of references annoying, as I would like to see where the authors got their information directly. The story on Bridey Murphy is great. I've always wondered about it, but where are the footnotes.
Because of the generalist nature of the book, it was quite easy to read, chapters are short. I found the glossary very useful. The author tells us in the prologue that "3 groups of people will read this book...people already acquainted with the phenomena and already in disagreement with our conclusions."
I really doubt that "believers" are going to read this book - even if given to them by a friend. It's just beyond their grasp.
2008 Note: I have met Charlie Wynn many times and this year I mean to get this book autographed at TAM or the Toolbox.

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User Review  - Jon Allen - Goodreads

This book was enjoyable, but I definitely wasn't in the target audience. It provides a good overview on several different types of pseudoscience, but I was hoping for a more in-depth look at some of ... Read full review

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Charles M. Wynn received his B.Ch.E. at City College of New York, and his M. S. and Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. Wynn is currently a chemistry professor at Eastern Connecticut State College. Wynn co authored The Five Biggest Ideas in the World, a book about the five major scientific disciplines: physics, chemistry, astronomy, earth science, and biology.

Arthur W. Wiggins (Farmington Hills, MI) is a professor of physics at Oakland Community College in Michigan.

Sidney Harris is America's foremost science cartoonist. His illustrations have appeared in innumerable magazines, books, newsletters, ads and web sites, including "American Scientist," which has published more than 600 of his cartoons, "Science," "Discover," "Physics Today," "The New Yorker," "The Wall Street Journal," "Harvard Business," and "National Lampoon," In addition, twelve collections of his cartoons have been published including "From Ads to Cloning Labs," "You Want Proof - I'll Give You Proof," "Stress Test," "All Ends Up," and "What's So Funny About Science,

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