LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
Michael Brooks introduces thirteen scientific mysteries that have the experts baffled: there's the missing universe, two errant spacecrafts, varying physics constants, cold fusion, life on Earth, a possible signal from outer space, a giant virus, death, sex, free will, the placebo effect and homeopathy (yes, really!). I was glad to see that he didn't solely concentrate on cosmology, but offered an intriguing and interesting excursion through biology, medicine and psychology. Michael Brooks writes well, in a very engaging style that draws the reader in and invites them to think for themselves, to join in the discussion. The enthusiasm for his subject is obvious, and this is transferred to his readership. At times the science left me behind, but it is not always necessary to follow his dissemination of the present evidence to the letter, and the gist is enough to start a meaningful discussion. At times I felt the matter at hand was slightly oversimplified (the chapter on free will being the prime example), but on the whole he is content to let the contradictory scientific facts speak for themselves. I feel that with his chapter on homeopathy he was being deliberately controversial, but maybe it would have been wiser to choose a different scientific anomaly with which to end the book. What is certainly clear is that the scientists will still have their hands full for the foreseeable future, as there's still plenty of things left to be discovered. Highly entertaining and sure to provide material for silent reflection and lively debate during those long winter nights.
Review: 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our TimeUser Review - Goodreads
The purpose of this book is to show, by 13 different examples, how science has a long way to go before it can assure us that "all is under control". Somehow, we are aware of this limitation. I am ...