The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense

The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense


By (author) Michael Shermer

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 230mm x 24mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 13 February 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195157982
  • ISBN 13: 9780195157987
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: numerous halftones and figures
  • Sales rank: 701,001

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In The Borderlands of Science Michael Shermer takes us to the place where real science (such as the big bang theory), borderland science (superstring theory), and just plain nonsense (Big Foot) collide with one another. An excursion through the borderlands of science, history, and historical biography, enlivened by the many interesting stories and insights involving many of history's most famous scientists.

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Author information

Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Skeptic magazine ( and the Director of The Skeptics Society. He is a Visiting Associate at the California Institute of Technology, and hosts the Skeptics Lecture Series at Cal Tech. He has authored several popular books on science, scientific history, and the philosophy and history of science, including Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time, How We Believe: The Search for God in an Age of Science, and Denying History: Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened and Why Do They Say It? (with Alex Grobman). He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Review from previous edition ...a delightful antidote to the current proliferations of media-hyped pseudoscience. Sunday Times splendidly entertaining The Guardian

Table of contents

Introduction ; PART I: BORDERLANDS THEORIES ; 1. The Knowledge Filter ; 2. Theories of Everything ; 3. Only God Can Do That? ; 4. Blood, Sweat, and Fears ; 5. Paradigms and Paradoxes ; PART II: BORDERLANDS PEOPLE ; 6. The Day the Earth Moved ; 7. Heretic-Personality ; 8. A Scientist Among the Spiritualists ; 9. Pedestals and Statues ; 10. The Exquisite Balance ; PART III: BORDERLANDS HISTORY ; 11. The Beautiful People Myth ; 12. The Amadeus Myth ; 13. A Gentlemanly Arrangement ; 14. The Great Bone Hoax ; Bibliography ; Index