Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Simple Book Review: "13 Things that Don't Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries of Our Time" (2009)

13 Things that Don't Make Sense:
The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries of Our Time
by Michael Brooks

I like to think of scientists as being on top of things,” writes Michael Brooks, “able to explain the world we live in, masters of their universe. But maybe that’s just a comforting delusion.” Science starts to get interesting when things don’t make sense. Even today there are “experi
mental results that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss.” 

I enjoy reading this book, but there are some terms (actually lots of ‘em!) that I totally not familiar with. I also have to confess that I skipped reading some pages, simply because… it’s boring. Many times too, I communicates to the book, ‘If only they know God of the Bible, this can easily be explained.’ Nevertheless, I agree with William Leith, “Reading it [this book] will make you feel clever.” I do feel clever now.

Here are 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense:

#1 “The Missing Universe”: We can only account for 4% of the cosmos
#2 “The Pioneer Anomaly”: Two spacecraft are flouting the laws of physics
#3 “Varying Constants”: Destabilizing our view of the universe
#4 “Cold Fusion”: Nuclear energy without drama
#5 “Life”: Are you more than just a bag of chemicals?
#6 “Viking”: NASA scientists found evidence for life on Mars. Then they changed their minds
#7 “The Wow! Signal”: Has ET already been in touch?
#8 “A Giant Virus”: It’s a freak that could rewrite the story of life
#9 “Death”: Evolution’s problem with self-destruction
#10 “Sex”: There are better ways to reproduce
#11 “Free Will”: Your decisions are not your own
#12 “The Placebo Effect”: Who’s being deceived?
#13 “Homeopathy”: It’s patently absurd, so why won’t it go away?

I recommend this book only if you’re interested in science... and mystery... hmmm... yeah, mystery :)

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