13 Things That Don’t Make Sense

Paperback $15.95

Vintage | Aug 11, 2009 | 256 Pages | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9780307278814

  • Paperback$15.95

    Vintage | Aug 11, 2009 | 256 Pages | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9780307278814

  • Ebook$11.99

    Vintage | Aug 12, 2008 | 224 Pages | 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 | ISBN 9780385526739

Praise

“This elegantly written, meticulously researched and thought-provoking book provides a window into how science actually works, and is sure to spur intense debate.” –New Scientist

“A boundless enthusiasm resounds through this homage to the outstanding problems of science.”
Seed Magazine

“You will be amazed and astonished you when you learn that science has been unable to come up with a working definition of life, why death should happen at all, why sex is necessary, or whether cold fusion is a hoax or one of the greatest breakthroughs of all time.”
–Richard Ellis, author of The Empty Ocean and Tuna: A Love Story

“Fascinating. . . . Brooks expertly works his way through . . . hotly debated quandaries in a smooth, engaging writing style reminiscent of Carl Sagan or Stephen Jay Gould.”
–Anahad O’Connor, author of Never Shower in a Thunderstorm

Table Of Contents

Prologue

1 THE MISSING UNIVERSE
We can only account for 4 percent 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 the 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?

Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes And Sources
Index

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