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Book Recommendation: Fads And Fallacies In The Name Of Science

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I read this book, "Fads And Fallacies In The Name Of Science", by Martin Gardner, last year.  I'd heard that it was a classic book on science and skepticism, and decided to buy the book and read it for myself.

Fads And Fallacies In The Name Of Science
You just don't see cover art like that anymore, do you?

It's a fascinating exploration of many of the figures and ideas that contribute to the pseudo sciences.  It's an excellent reference book to have on your shelf, and the pseudosciences it examines are absolutely engrossing.

I remember seeing that the original copyright date was 1952, and I sort of assumed that Mr. Gardner must already be deceased by now.  I remember thinking that I wonder what contemporary issues he might be writing about if he were still alive.

But then a few months ago I found out that he actually was still alive, and has continued writing.  Which means, of course, that I can explore that question that I thought was purely hypothetical.

Sadly, he just passed away at the remarkable age of 95.  It kind of feels like I've come to terms with his death for the second time.  But, of course, I now realize that I have the option of catching up with his more contemporary writings.

If you've never read anything by Martin Gardner, look up Fads & Fallacies, or find other examples of his work.  The world needs more people who are willing to explore these issues critically and with a scientific mindset.


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