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

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

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 04/02/2010
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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.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781861976475
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 185 g
Dimensions: 200 x 130 x 15 mm
Edition: Main

Fascinating ... Brooks reawakens us to the astonishing fact of our mere existence, the strangeness of the world around us, and the astonishing amount that science has yet to discover -- Christopher Hart * Sunday Times *
Outstanding non-fiction reading * Esquire *
Impressively knowledgeable, articulate -- Christopher Hirst * Independent *
An admirably clear and clever writer * Evening Standard *
Proof that science gets interesting when things get weird * Weekend Australian *

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“Thought provoking stuff.”

Imagine some of the fundemental scientific laws, by which we make sense of everything, are wrong.
That the most brilliant human minds are, or have been, slightly off-course for some time and the nearer they come to... More

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“One of the most interesting books I've read!”

We tend to think that science can explain everything, but 13 Things looks at the weird and inexplicable anomalies from across the scientific disciplines. Brooks explores the mystery of the missing 96% of the universe,... More

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As a layman some of this is a bit heavy but well worth staying the distance.
The section on homeothapy did seem a trifle long but the book deserves a second (at least) reading

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