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The Golem, Second Edition: What You Should Know About Science (Canto Classics) Paperback – 29 Mar 2012

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  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107604656
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107604650
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'… it succeeds extraordinarily well in this task of portraying and assessing the real fabric of scientific research, based on the insights of modern scholarship.' Bernard Dixon, former Editor, New Scientist

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The very well-received first edition generated much debate, reflected in a substantial new Afterword in this second edition, which seeks to place the book in what have become known as 'the science wars'.

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"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...
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The book was definitely an interesting read. I would recommend it to people who are interested in science but it is mostly just an interesting take on things, nothing more. The authors are just propagating their view and in some cases write about things that did not happen in the manner they describe.
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Fast delivery and great products, highly recommend!
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