13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries of Our Time

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Profile Books, Jul 9, 2010 - Science - 256 pages
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Science starts to get interesting when things don't make sense.Even today there are experimental results that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. In the past, similar anomalies have revolutionised our world: in the sixteenth century, a set of celestial irregularities led Copernicus to realise that the Earth goes around the sun and not the reverse. In 13 Things That Don't Make Sense Michael Brooks meets thirteen modern-day anomalies that may become tomorrow's breakthroughs. Is ninety six percent of the universe missing? If no study has ever been able to definitively show that the placebo effect works, why has it become a pillar of medical science? Was the 1977 signal from outer space a transmission from an alien civilization? Spanning fields from chemistry to cosmology, psychology to physics, Michael Brooks thrillingly captures the excitement and controversy of the scientific unknown.
  

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Well written, thought provoking and educational. - LibraryThing
A good example is cold fusion. - LibraryThing
The book is well researched and paced. - LibraryThing
Yet, several experiments have confirmed their research. - LibraryThing

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Spanning disciplines from biology to cosmology, chemistry to psychology to physics, Michael Brooks thrillingly captures the excitement of scientific discovery.Science’s best-kept secret is this: even ... Read full review

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Michael Brooks introduces thirteen scientific mysteries that have the experts baffled: there's the missing universe, two errant spacecrafts, varying physics constants, cold fusion, life on Earth, a ... Read full review

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Contents

PROLOGUE
1
THE PIONEER ANOMALY
36
COLD FUSION
57
VIKING
83
THE WOW SIGNAL
97
AGIANT VIRUS
110
DEATH
122
SEX
136
FREE WILL
151
THE PLACEBO EFFECT
164
HOMEOPATHY
181
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
211
INDEX
225
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Michael Brooks is the author of the bestselling non-fiction title 13 Things That Don't Make Sense. In July 2011, Profile will publish his next book, Free Radicals: The Secret Anarchy of Science. He holds a PhD in quantum physics, is a consultant at New Scientist and writes a weekly column for the New Statesman

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