10 Questions Science Can't Answer (Yet): A Guide to the Scientific Wilderness
10 Questions Science Can't Answer (Yet): A Guide to the Scientific Wilderness
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"Hanlon is a witty writer who takes esoteric science and makes it both intelligible and entertaining."--New Scientist's Culture Lab

"A truly thought-provoking and fascinating exploration of areas of science that aren't fully understood"--Brian Clegg, author of The God Effect

"A lovely book...you hear some pretty class stories"--Anita Anand, BBC Radio Five Live

“I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone with an enquiring mind, or the desire to scrape the surface of popular wisdom to see what lies beneath. An entertaining and enlightening read.”--Materials Today

"For anyone interested in the greatest mysteries about our lives, universe(s) and sleves, this is the most engaging, yet manageable book of the decade.  A must buy." --Business and Finance Ireland

"Hanlon is adept at summarizing and simplifying complex subjects.  In many cases his explanations are backed up by references to appropriate literature.  As a scientist I found this particularly gratifying - this is not just a journalist's take on a scientific topic, but a well-researched and referenced essay...I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone with an enquiring mind, or the desire to scrape the surface of popular wison to see what lies beneath.  An entertaining and enlightening read, we can only wait for 10 More Questions Science Can't Answer (Yet). --Alexis Lambourne, materialstoday

 

About the Author

Michael Hanlon is the author of Eternity, The Science of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Real Mars, and The Worlds of Galileo. He is the science editor at The Daily Mail.


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This is a successful selection of intriguing issues yet unanswered by science and which few of us think about in daily life, as we have almost comfortably taken them as paradigms whose explanation will not neccesarily result in huge changes in our way of life. Once again, we might be in for a surprise as the author, in masterly way, reminds us of the hugeness of all that we cannot yet explain.

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Umberto Eco was right: Science has all the trappings of just another religion. A strict belief system and lists of virtues and sins; acolytes and authoritative high-priests; dogmas and unquestionable Truths. And like any religion, it has its logical limits.

Michael Hanlon has been the Science editor for DAILY MAIL, DAILY EXPRESS and INDEPENDENT. For a journalist he has a firm grasp of the latest scientific discoveries and their philosophical implications. This book is an excellent example of this.

The book addresses some cardinal questions (from consciousness and the nature of time to the emergence of life and the perception of reality) and some marginal ones (the causes of modern obesity epidemic and the paranormal theories).

Written with a deep understanding of the sciences involved, Hanlon manages to speak to both scientists and laymen alike. References are kept to a minimum and explanations are complete but far from apocryphal.

RECOMMENDED!

| 3 out of 5 Stars!


About: Hanlon (Science Editor at the Daily Mail newspaper) explains 10 unanswered questions in science. Not including the introduction, there are 10 chapters, one for each question:

Is Fido a zombie? (that is, how intelligent, self-aware and clever are animals?)

Why is time so weird?

Can I live forever please?

What are we going to do with the stupid?

What is the dark side? (think dark energy and dark matter, not Darth Vader)

Is the universe alive?

Are you the same person you were a minute ago?

Why are we all so fat...and does it really matter?

Can we really be sure the paranormal is bunkum?

What is reality, really?

Pros: Quick read (if you don't like one topic, the next topic will be upon you quickly.) Nice range of questions and fields of science covered. Scientists you would expect to be mentioned are (i.e. Elizabeth Loftus on memory, Richard Dawkins on pseudoscience, and Stephen Hawking on the Big Bang) Mostly accessible writing on heady topics.

Cons: It doesn't appear that all references are cited. A conclusion would have been helpful, rather than an abrupt end of the book when the last topic is explained. Suggestions for further reading on each topic would have been welcome as well. Some topics get bogged down (albeit necessarily) with complexities and jargon.

Grade: B

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