The Borderlands of Science

  • von Michael Shermer
  • Sprecher: Grover Gardner
  • 13 Std. 6 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


Many people have difficulty figuring out the difference between science, borderline science, and just plain nonsense. When is a theory a fact, and when is it just conjecture? Michael Shermer, a leading science author and skeptic, divides knowledge into three classes: science, based on factual evidence; borderline science, based on scientific conjecture; and nonsense, where anything goes (e.g., Bigfoot). He is especially zealous about separating science from borderline science; borderline science includes many modern grand explanatory hypotheses, such as superstring theory. Nonetheless, most attempts to create a Theory of Everything result in nonsense. Shermer explores the work of Darwin, Freud, and Carl Sagan, as well as the shameful episode of the Piltdown Man.



"His treatment of Carl Sagan, fearless navigator of scientific borderlands, is stellar, as is his chapter on racial differences....The book provides grist for the mill of thought and debate." (Publishers Weekly)
"Shermer writes accessibly about common scientific misperceptions." (Booklist)


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You get what the title promises. An analysis of the Categories of the searches for truth and its legitimacy. There are lots of examples and some are analyzed profoundly like the Case of the "heretic personalty" of Alfred Russel Wallace at the end. It raises questions and tries to answer them in various categories (like legitimacy of certain claims and proof, the social factor of credit for scientific discovery, the personality of great discoverers or even the influence of birth order in scientists). All in all it's a well-understandable scientific book about science and it's children that is sure to widen your horizon.
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  • Erscheinungsdatum: 29.10.2004
  • Verlag: Books on Tape