While the 13 scientific mysteries selected for this book might not be the "most baffling" to me (I think we can comfortably leave the placebo effect and homeopathy out of this book), I really like the way the author weaves the strands of science together into a cohesive tapestry. The universe, life, death, sex, free will - these are disparate topics yet ultimately common to the yearnings of humanity: we all want to know where we come from and where we are going.
I also like the thoughtful reflections in the epilogue, for example:
"As George Bernard Shaw once pointed out, science never solves a problem without creating ten more."
"We are stardust, or nuclear waste, depending on your perspective."
"We can think ourselves out of pain and yet can also prove we do not control even our own muscles."...Continua
Very clearly explained anomalies. Excellent setting out of arguments, descriptions of points of view and well set out.
Nothing really new, but extremely well written. Easy to understand even if you are not a scientist or you are not really interested in science. This book is a remarkable work that can be really intriguing, especially in some philosophical chapters like "Sex" and "Death". The first two chapters are fascinating, as the one called "A giant virus". "The placebo effect" and "Homeopathy" can be shocking if you are not in the health system.
My only criticism, the chapters are deeply connected and it's impossible to jump from one chapter to another, skipping a part that may not be very interesting.
Amazing, really. This book has been an incredible journey into science and 13 of its anomalies. The author shows and documents every single aspect necessary to make you understand what the anomaly in question is all about. Moreover, as you read on, the various anomalies are sometimes also compared in "size" with one another. As stated on the cover this book does make you feel smarter and that is due to the fact that, no matter how complicated the science behind the anomaly might be, it is nonetheless comprehensible. This is because some concepts that may not be so understandable are also explained, without however, becoming too long and boring. Personally I have loved 5 anomalies in particular, about which I think I will read more: "The missing universe", "Cold Fusion", "A giant virus", "The placebo effect" and "Homeopathy". I strongly suggest reading this book, I believe one of its pros is that it's a nice reading that teaches you a lot and makes you think about the world and universe we live in....Continua