The Enigma of Loch Ness: Making Sense of a Mystery Paperback – 1 Apr 1988
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Before I continue, I should mention a minor criticism. The photo placement bothered me. Most of them were placed in the middle of a sentence. Also, there would be several pages of inconclusive pictures following a paragraph. Of course, this doesn't apply to every picture.
Still, the biggest issue was how disrespectful he was towards skeptics. He didn't stop there. He was disrespectful towards believers too, even though that might alienate potential supporters.
The title promises a comprehensive, clear-eyed look at the Loch Ness mystery written by an author with an open mind. The book delivers on that promise, and the result is a delight to read. Bauer walks you, surefootedly, through sixty-odd years of Nessie sightings, as well as reactions to them by the public and the scientific community. If you want a reliable, detailed, neutral study of the Loch Ness mystery--here's your book.
The icing on the intellectual cake is that Bauer is interested in more than just Loch Ness. He makes clear in his introduction that he wants to explore how science works and, once again, the book delivers. Bauer walks you, again surefootedly, through concepts like "data" "proof" "theory" and so forth, carefully leaving in the kinds of grey areas that working scientists have to deal with. Two of the best chapters in the book are titled "Bad Reasons for Believing" and "Bad Reasons for Not Believing." Together (especially in the context of the entire book) they're one of the best discussions of scientific reasoning I've ever read.
Recommended for anyone with a serious interest in science . . . even if you don't really care whether there's anything bigger than a trout in Loch Ness.