on 18 January 2014
Wertheim's respect for her subject really comes across and I definitely warmed to Jim Carter, the main interviewee. But I felt that the author didn't subject his and others' theories to the robust criticism that would have more clearly defined the differences (and similarities) between outsider and mainstream science. Any theory can be criticised and questioned and I felt like she was doing him and other outsiders a disservice by not engaging with them as vigorously as she would have done a mainstream scientist.
Also, I would have liked to have seen more coverage of other outsider scientists. At times, it reads more like a biography of Jim Carter and I'd love to have got more of a sense of the outsider scene as a whole - as the glimpses you do get are fascinating.
This was an interesting read, but it didn't quite live up to the blurb for me.