Science's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Outrageous Innovators, Deadly Disasters, and Shocking Discoveries

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2002 - Electronic books - 315 pages
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Science and technology have had more than their share of the good, the bad, and the bogus. Alfred William Lawson, the designer of the first airliner, believed that two types of creatures lived within the brain Menorgs, A which were the mental organizers responsible for all good things, and Disorgs, A which infect all cells with disorganization. Chonosuke Okamura collected and catalogued what he thought were tiny men and animals, all 1/100-inch long, which most geologists think are actually mineral grains. Peter Fong found that the expression happy as a clamA had a scientific basis when he tested the effects of Prozac on fingernail clams. The dashing figure of dinosaur hunter Roy Chapman Andrews was the model upon which Indiana Jones was based. Physician John Brinkley believed that consuming goat glands would restore youth and virility. In keeping with the format of the popular Most WanteduA Series, this new volume comprises sixty top-ten lists. These include worst ideas by great scientists, most unlikely inventors, greatest unsolved mysteries, most ridiculous attempts at flight, biggest hoaxes, most suppressed inventions, and top UFO sightings. Science's Most Wantedushows how throughout history, mankind has tried, often wildly unsuccessfully, to come to grips with lifeas biggest questions."
 

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User Review  - MarthaJeanne - LibraryThing

1) Science is international. This book is very USA-oriented, and where that is impossible Western-oriented. 2) Several of the lists have repeats in them! 3) Sometimes they just get things wrong, or ... Read full review

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I would not recommend this book based on the outrageous falsehoods regarding Fritz Zwicky alone. Fritz Zwicky never invited students to his home and his wife never shouted the fabricated nonsense attributed to her. In fact, I have read this fabricated anecdote before and it appears that the authors are relying on the oral histories that are inaccurate, embellished and mostly documented by the imbeciles in the scientific community that Fritz Zwicky often challenged. The scientific experiment on Mt. Palomar was a valid effort to see if a rapidly moving object could be captured on a photographic image. Ben Traxler, Fritz Zwicky's night assistant on Mt. Palomor, mounted a valiant effort to correct this falsehood shortly before his passing. It appears to no avail, as irresponsible authors such as Susan Conner and Linda Kitchen parrot the falsehoods to aggrandize their otherwise inferior work. 

Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
GENERAL SCIENCE
To IgNobely Go
Unusual Experiments
A Bit Eccentric
Mad Scientists in the Movies
Mineral Monikers
BIOLOGY
Aliens in Our Backyard
Invasive Animals
Unusual Reproduction
Poisonous Plants
Unusual Forms of Life
Microlivestock

Hoaxes and Deceits
Noted Feuds and Controversies
People Who Gave Their Lives and Limbs to Science
Noted Women Scientists before Womens Equality
Eminent Scientists Who Didnt Win a Nobel Prize
Names That Became Scientific Terms
Creative Couples
Codiscoveries
Scientists with Disabilities
Unethical Experiments
Blackballed
ASTRONOMY
Noted Early Astronomers
Ten Planetary Pioneers
Remarkable Observational Tools
Early Observational Instruments
Models of the Universe
Astronomical Surprises
Exoplanets
PHYSICS
Building Blocks of Matter
Atomic Theories
The Bomb Squad
GEOLOGY
Ancient Views on How Life Began
Modern Views on Origins
How and When Earth Began
What on Earth?
How Old Is Earth?
Ice Age Theories
WeatherForecasting Tools
Worst Extinctions
PALEOBIOLOGY
Dinosaur Discoverers
Recently Discovered Dinosaurs
Why Dinosaurs Became Extinct
All in the Family?
CHEMISTRY
Prominent Early Chemists
Alchemy
Unusual Chemists
Living Better through Chemistry
MEDICINE
Cancer Suspects
Cancer Treatments
NotSoCommon Cold Cures
Fountain of Youth
TECHNOLOGY
Inventions from Outer Space
Artificial Intelligence
Your Flight Has Been Canceled
Computer Advancers
Internet Accelerators
Most Fascinating Systems
Hacked Off
Dotbombs
Bibliography
Index
About the Authors
Copyright

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