The Golem: What You Should Know about Science

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 17, 1998 - Science - 192 pages
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Through a series of intriguing case studies including the study of relativity, cold fusion, the "memory" in worms, and the sex life of lizards, this book debunks the view that scientific knowledge is a straightforward outcome of competent theorization, observation, and experimentation. The first edition generated much debate and controversy. This second edition contains a substantial new Afterword that responds to some of the criticisms made by scientists. A distinction is made between the responses of scientific fundamentalists who maintain the myth of scientific certainty and more serious-minded critics. In dialogue with these latter critics The Golem attempts to build an island of reasoned debate between the two cultures. It seeks to replace the "Science Wars" with mutual understanding.
 

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Intrigued by this books title "The Golem" in combination with popular science i found it interesting reading its 6 or so historical essays on scientific endeavors from our recent past. "A Golem" being a creature from jewish lore that can be represented by an out of control monster or often just a clumsy "frankenstein" creature created from mud and water. interestingly all the varied tales of "Golem" lore from throuout europe retain the story that in order to start this man made "Freak" creature the word "TRUTH" must be written on its forehead in hebrew "EMETH". Though this book attempts to look at the possibilities of science at times "running a muck" it is truly a wonderful corelation of tieing-in this creature of ancient lore to the realities of modern science. written as possibly a primer for college students interested in carreers in science (Cambridge Univ. Press) it is an inexpensive and interesting read for any one interested in popular science.  

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This is an excellent antidote to ultra-rational scientism. Give several case studies of high profile scientific theories where the make or break factor was not contained in the data points at all ... Read full review

Contents

the golem
1
Edible knowledge the chemical transfer of memory
5
Two experiments that proved the theory of relativity
27
The sun in a test tube the story of cold fusion
57
The germs of dissent Louis Pasteur and the origins of life
79
A new window on the universe the nondetection of gravitational radiation
91
The sex life of the whiptail lizard
109
Set the controls for the heart of the sun the strange story of the missing solar neutrinos
121
putting the golem to work
139
Golem and the scientists
151
References and further reading
181
Index
185
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