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13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of… (2009)

by Michael Brooks

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Based on Michael Brooks's popular article for New Scientist--one of the most forwarded articles in the magazine's online history--13 Things That Don't Make Sense tackles the most hotly debated topics in science today, from the placebo effect to life on Mars, and shows how these conundrums are changing the way scientists approach their work and why these issues will define science in the twenty-first century.… (more)
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An amazing book about what science should be (and too rarely is) -- the exploration of results that don't make sense, and finding the actual reason why something is the way it is. The author describes some results or unexplained phenomena (ranging from "why does death exist" to the cold fusion experiments to the meaning of free will to whether fundamental constants vary with time...), how people try to explain these, and the problems people have faced with the rest of the scientific establishment when looking for answers. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
This is an amazing book. I've listened to the entire audiobook twice and certain sections 3 or 4 times. ( )
  James_Patrick_Joyce | Oct 24, 2020 |
Interesting but a little out of date. ( )
  duke_1138 | May 7, 2019 |
Excellent discussion of 13 topics that puzzle the scientific community, such as life, death, free will, constants that aren't constant, etc. Well written and comprehensible. ( )
  addunn3 | May 9, 2018 |
This book is something anyone who has an inkling of an interest in science should read. It grabs your attention from the beginning, and doesn't let go until the last bit. Even the epilogue keeps your attention! And it's little things tossed in like the phrase "sperm is cheap and plentiful" or referring to young bucks as "little fuckers" that keeps you laughing - totally unexpected from a scientific book.

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  walterhpdx | Jan 17, 2018 |
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De auteur, een Britse wetenschapsjournalist, probeert met dit boek een opsomming en uitleg te geven van dertien bijzondere wetenschappelijke mysteries die nog steeds niet volledig zijn opgelost. Onderwerpen zoals koude kernfusie, homeopathie, het heelal en ons leven passeren de revue. Aan de hand van diverse bestaande theorieën op het gebied van de (natuur)wetenschappen en verwijzingen naar grote geleerden uit de geschiedenis wordt aangetoond dat er nog geen eenduidige verklaringen zijn voor bepaalde experimenten en waarnemingen van de wereld om ons heen. Hebben wij mensen überhaupt wel een vrije wil? Wat is precies 'donkere energie'? En is er nu wel of geen overtuigend bewijs dat er 'ooit' leven was op Mars? Deze en vele andere vragen worden beantwoord in dit intrigerende boek. De auteur neemt de lezer mee in een bijzondere reis langs tot op heden onverklaarde raadsels van onze wereld. Hoewel het boek vol staat met specialistische termen, leest het prettig. Je raakt gefascineerd. Het is dan ook een aanrader voor lezers met belangstelling voor de natuurwetenschappen.
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The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not "Eureka!," but "That's funny..." - Isaac Asimov
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To Mr. Sumner, for lasting inspiration and fascination. I hope this repays some of my debt. 

Also to Philippa, Millie, and Zachary for inspiration every day.
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I am standing in the magnificent lobby of the Hotel Metropole in Brussels, watching three Nobel laureates struggle with the elevator.
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Based on Michael Brooks's popular article for New Scientist--one of the most forwarded articles in the magazine's online history--13 Things That Don't Make Sense tackles the most hotly debated topics in science today, from the placebo effect to life on Mars, and shows how these conundrums are changing the way scientists approach their work and why these issues will define science in the twenty-first century.

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Thirteen intriguing
Scientific mysteries
That don't make any sense.
(passion4reading)
From errant spacecrafts
To sex and death on Earth: more
Questions than answers.
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