Bad Science

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2011 Silver Award Winner for Humor in the Independent Publishers Awards! "Bad Science" takes a humorous look at bloodletting, alchemy, quack devices, the worship of meteorites, faked data, and secret testing on people. The history of science has been fraught with persecution, fraud,and ignorance on a massive scale, but that doesn't mean we can't laugh about it! More

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About Linda Zimmermann

Earning a B.S. in Chemistry and a Master’s in English Literature made it obvious early on that Linda had wide-ranging interests. After working as a research scientist throughout the 1980s, she decided to pursue her real passion—-writing.
Today, Linda is the author of over 20 books, is a popular speaker, and has made numerous appearances on television and radio. She has received honors and awards for her books on American history, and has lectured at the Smithsonian, West Point, and Gettysburg. Astronomy and the space program are also favorite topics for her books, articles, and lectures. In addition, Linda has appeared at major science fiction conventions for her two novels, and is internationally known for her "Ghost Investigator" series of books.

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Bad Science: Episode 1: Fossils
Author Linda Zimmermann talks about an arrogant professor with some ridiculous ideas about fossils, who was duped by some rocks depicting incredible images.

Bad Science: Episode 2: Quack Devices
Author Linda Zimmermann talks about a device reputed to cure everything from dandruff to glaucoma.

Bad Science: Episode 3: Teeth
Author Linda Zimmermann discusses what people used to believe caused cavities, and how they attempted to treat them.

Bad Science Episode 4: Bad Quotes
Bad Science author Linda Zimmermann reveals some regrettable but unforgettable statements about science.

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Review by: Paolo Amoroso on June 14, 2012 :
The author tells in a simple to understand, humorous way an impressive amount of scientific errors, misconceptions, superstitions, and frauds spread throughout history and across many disciplines. I am an astronomy educator and found a few in my field I was not aware of. However, I'd classify some of the reported episodes (e.g. the initial optical manufacturing errors and inadequate testing of the Hubble Space Telescope) more as scientific blunders than bad science, but this may be a minor classification issue.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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