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Are Universes Thicker Than Blackberries? : Discourses on Godel, Magic Hexagrams, Little Red Riding Hood, and Other Mathematical and Pseudoscientific Topics - Martin Gardner

Are Universes Thicker Than Blackberries?

Discourses on Godel, Magic Hexagrams, Little Red Riding Hood, and Other Mathematical and Pseudoscientific Topics


Published: 17th July 2004
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Martin Gardner-"one of the most brilliant men and gracious writers I have ever known," wrote Stephen Jay Gould-is the wittiest, most devastating debunker of scientific fraud and chicanery of our time. In this new book Gardner explores startling scientific concepts, such as the possibility of multiple universes and the theory that time can go backwards. Armed with his expert, skeptical eye, he examines the bizarre tangents produced by Freudians and deconstructionists in their critiques of "Little Red Riding Hood," and reveals the fallacies of pseudoscientific cures, from Dr. Bruno Bettelheim's erroneous theory of autism to the cruel farces of Facilitated Communication and Primal Scream Therapy. Ever prolific, and still engaging at the spry age of eighty-eight, Gardner has become an American institution unto himself, a writer to be celebrated.

"Martin Gardner's contribution to contemporary intellectual culture is unique - in its range, its insight, and understanding of hard questions that matter." Noam Chomsky "...deftly debunk[s] everything from bogus medicinal remedies to psychic charlatans." Hazel Muir, New Scientist "He covers an astonishing range of topics..." Manjit Kumar, The Times Literary Supplement "Read it, as Gardner says, and weep." Victoria Neumark, The Times Educational Supplement

Prefacep. xi
Multiverses and Blackberriesp. 3
A Skeptical Look at Karl Popperp. 12
Rudolf Carnap, Philosopher of Sciencep. 19
Some Thoughts About Inductionp. 23
Can Time Go Backward?p. 29
Against the Odds (a story)p. 49
Fun with Mobius Bandsp. 57
Is Mathematics "Out There"?p. 61
Ian Stewart's Flatterlandp. 64
Kurt Godel's Amazing Discoveryp. 67
New Results on Magic Hexagramsp. 74
The Strange Case of Garry Willsp. 85
Mad Messiahsp. 94
Oahspep. 101
The Vagueness of Krishnamurtip. 112
Chesterton's The Man Who Was Thursdayp. 125
Ernest Hemingway and Janep. 135
Three Parodies of Famous Poemsp. 144
Edgar Wallace and The Green Archerp. 147
Afterword to The Green Archerp. 159
The Tin Woodman of Ozp. 164
Little Red Riding Hoodp. 177
The Brutality of Dr. Bettelheimp. 188
Facilitated Communication: A Cruel Farcep. 195
Distant Healing and Elisabeth Targp. 203
The Therapeutic Touchp. 211
Primal Scream Therapyp. 215
Eyeless Visionp. 225
Magic and Psip. 244
How Mrs. Piper Bamboozled William Jamesp. 252
"Dr." Henry Slade, American Mediump. 263
Indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9780393325720
ISBN-10: 0393325725
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 17th July 2004
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 14.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1