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Stop Making Sense

25 Feb 2009, 03:57 UTC
Stop Making Sense
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I've been noticing a few flurries around the blogosphere about a new book by Michael Brooks, 13 Things That Don't Make Sense, discussing 13 controversial scientific anomalies that may (or may not) turn out to be revolutionary. The buzz caught...I've been noticing a few flurries around the blogosphere about a new book by Michael Brooks, 13 Things That Don't Make Sense, discussing 13 controversial scientific anomalies that may (or may not) turn out to be revolutionary. The buzz caught my interest because I read and reviewed the book late last year for New Scientist; you can find my official take here. Brooks has a physics background and is a careful, engaging writer, but his biases show pretty evidently in 13 Things: he's an unapologetic champion of the underdog scientist. That's all very well and good -- who doesn't like to root for the underdog now and then? -- but it's awfully tempting to lazily resurrect the tired old specter of rigid Establishment Science refusing to be open to new ideas, when in fact, that constant questioning and testing and slowness to accept new theories and results is part of the necessary rigor of the scientific process. Chad Orzel over at ...

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