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Hindsight and Popular Astronomy [Hardcover]

Alan B Whiting

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21 Sep 2010 9814307912 978-9814307918
There are many books that endeavor to bridge the gap between scientists and laymen, yet too many overemphasize the presentation of scientific findings as hard facts and end up alienating readers from the critical thinking processes involved in science.

Whiting attempts to break away from the norm in this revolutionary review of popular astronomy books written from 1833 to 1944. He examines these important works by acknowledged authorities in the field to see how they have stood the test of time. Where the luminaries have failed, he looks for clues that the layman reader could have used to raise doubts about what was being said. The aim of this highly accessible book is to develop tools for the non-scientist to evaluate the strange and marvelous results that astronomers report, in place of the highly-developed scientific and mathematical techniques available to the scientists themselves. A must-read for all science and astronomy enthusiasts.

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... anyone with an interest in the accuracy of popular-science writing should read Alan B Whiting's Hindsight and Popular Astronomy, which offers an excellent guide to answering the question 'How far should I believe what I am told?'
--Physics World

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating, Engrossing Book 14 Nov 2011
By SusanWKemp - Published on Amazon.com
I'm glad I read this fascinating, engrossing book. I personally have always been interested in the odd things people used to think, so I enjoyed hearing the theories that this or that astronomer championed, such as that the full moon tends to disperse clouds, or that meteors come from a mighty primeval Earth volcano.

But there's a lot more to this book than that, and Whiting sets things up by explaining certain concepts in clear, understandable terms. That's a good thing because this book is jam-packed with concepts and theories by the different astronomers Whiting reviews, along with comparisons of what we know now. During the course of the book he continues to explain scientific ideas in context. He wraps up the book with an extremely thought-provoking summary, well worth the wait.

Although the book is written clearly enough that non-scientists can follow it, I think beginning and advanced scientists and astronomers would benefit a great deal from reading it, because it sets such a strong foundation for presenting and working out scientific ideas. I could see this book being a very useful tool for classrooms, good for generating interesting discussions, and explaining concepts and approaches in science in a way that really makes sense.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hindsight yields foresight 15 Mar 2011
By Water Child - Published on Amazon.com
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Analysis is a good habit and transferable to many disciplines.
Altho not well versed in astronomy, I found Hindsight an interesting exercise, a quick read, and potentially useful to reviewing other studies and vocations.
There were a disturbing number of errors in editing, but the conversational style was generally hospitable and made what could have been a dry subject easy to digest.
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