When You Were a Tadpole and I Was a Fish: And Other Speculations About This and That

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Macmillan, Oct 13, 2009 - Science - 246 pages
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Best known as the longtime writer of the Mathematical Games column for Scientific American—which introduced generations of readers to the joys of recreational mathematics—Martin Gardner has for decades pursued a parallel career as a devastatingly effective debunker of what he once famously dubbed “fads and fallacies in the name of science.” It is mainly in this latter role that he is onstage in this collection of choice essays. When You Were a Tadpole and I Was a Fish takes aim at a gallery of amusing targets, ranging from Ann Coulter’s qualifications as an evolutionary biologist to the logical fallacies of precognition and extrasensory perception, from Santa Claus to The Wizard of Oz, from mutilated chessboards to the little-known “one-poem poet” Langdon Smith (the original author of this volume’s title line). The writings assembled here fall naturally into seven broad categories: Science, Bogus Science, Mathematics, Logic, Literature, Religion and Philosophy, and Politics. Under each heading, Gardner displays an awesome level of erudition combined with a wicked sense of humor.
 

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A wonderful collection of Gardner writings. As he says, This is another collection of articles and book reviews, of introductions to works by me and others, plus some stray pieces retrieved from ... Read full review

Contents

PART II BOGUS SCIENCE
27
PART III MATHEMATICS
101
PART IV LOGIC
129
PART V LITERATURE
139
PART VI RELIGION
179
PART VII POLITICS
221
NOTES
227
INDEX
235
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Martin Gardner is the author of more than seventy books, as well as countless magazine articles and other shorter works. He lives in Norman, Oklahoma.

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