on 10 September 2001
"The Golem" describes how seven somewhat controversial scientific theories were developed and accepted (or not). It is a historical account, opposing the somewhat popular view presented in schoolbooks, about how scientific theories are "proved" by experiments. Among the interesting theories are whether the relativity theory was proved by the Michelson/Morley experiment and Eddington's measurements, a controversal theory about the sexual life of lizards, an account of the cold fusion theory and debate, and whether memory can be chemically transferred between individuals.
I read it as part of a university course in research methodology, and I must say it gave a somewhat more nuanced view of how research is carried out in practice - sometimes far from the idealized view of how science is done!
"The Golem" is by the way a very appropriate name for this account of scientific history - don't know what a Golem is? Read and find out...