In Science in Action, John Lenihan shares his irrepressible enthusiasm for science. With characteristic wit and humor, he explains how science affects our daily lives in diverse areas such as medicine, poetry, politics, the environment, and the paranormal-cheerfully debunking some popular pseudo-scientific myths along the way.
John Fleming's delightful cartoons add wry comment to the text, making this a book enjoyable to read time and again.
Table of Contents
Why things work: Man against the floorboards. A shocking story. Science and the bagpipe. History: The experiment that didn't work. How science doesn't happen. Science and society: Relation of poetry to science. Fallout and health. Disco-deafness - the hazard that never was. Earth, Sun and Stars: Festival day for Vulcan. Sundials tell more than the time. Wandering continents. Sums and such: Trying to get numbers to be random enough. The cross that every schoolboy knows. The living world: A sense that is not to be sneezed at. The sound of medicine. Grass is good for you. People: The poisonous art of the Borgias. I taught Wittgenstein. Follies and conceits: Diving geometry. Stars in daylight. Science and the supernatural.
"This book is a sheer delight. It is so rare that one can enjoy reading about science, with a sense of fun and relaxation, but this is one such unusual occasion."
-School Science Review
"The whole development of science and technology are presented in such an enjoyable and palatable way that one might ask why such a book has not appeared before."