When You Were A Tadpole and I Was A Fish, and Other Speculations About This and That

When You Were A Tadpole and I Was A Fish, and Other Speculations About This and That

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Baker & Taylor
Best known as the longtime writer of the Mathematical Games column for Scientific American, 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." This collection of choice essays 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 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.--From publisher description.

McMillan Palgrave
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 toThe 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.


Book News
In this latest collection of essays, Gardner shows that he is much more than a skeptical debunker of bad science and pseudoscience. While he turns his guns against some obvious targets--thoroughly skewering Ann Coulter's understanding of evolutionary biology, for example--Gardner also explains why (unlike other well-known skeptics) he is not an atheist, and he reveals the little known connection between Santa Claus and the land of Oz. The book also contains a selection of essays on literature, logic, and mathematics (including a brain teaser involving vampire martinis). Gardner's volume will be a real treat for any reader who likes smart writing with a dollop of wicked humor. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Collects debunking writings by the longtime Scientific American Mathematical Games columnist, in a volume that includes pieces on Ann Coulter's qualifications as an evolutionary biologist, the illogic of ESP, and Santa Claus. 10,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2009
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780809087372
0809087375
Branch Call Number: 500 GARDN
Characteristics: viii, 246 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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