Park is well-acquainted with voodoo science in all its forms. Since 1982, he has headed the Washington, D.C., office of the American Physical Society, and he has carried the flag for scientific rationality through cold fusion, homeopathy, "Star Wars," quantum healing, and sundry attempts to repeal the laws of thermodynamics. Park shows why a "disproportionate share of the science seen by the public is flawed" (because shaky science is more likely to skip past peer review and head straight for the media), and he gives a good tour of recent highlights in Voodoo. He has a rare ability to poke holes compassionately, without excoriating those taken in by their fondest wishes. Park is less forgiving of scientists (especially Edward Teller) when he thinks they've fallen down on the job, a job that should include helping the public separate the scientific wheat from the voodoo chaff. --Mary Ellen Curtin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Park shows us a way to think, but as a true educator he leaves the thinking to us.
I really enjoyed this book - it is written in a clear, easy to understand style that keeps you interested and moving through the reasoning.
The anecdotes are presented in short, almost sound bite like, snippets that are spread throughout the whole of the book.
Husband enjoyed the book. It was a replacement for a book he had in the past.Published 1 month ago by Mercedes Cruz
Product was as described. Excellent service. Would recommend.
A frustrating review of how easily people are fooled by charlatans posing as scientists, and the money and time it costs society especially when those people are in powerful... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Theodore Chu
Book is well written and lays bare the lack of understanding of the scientific process and how so many people can be mislead by the hucksters who make many statements with... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Joyce Harris
Fascinating shadow history of original science, with explanations and examples of how bad science can evolve into good: and vice versa.Published 9 months ago by Kathleen Bartholomew
Clearly written. Well researched. An enjoyable and thought provoking read. At the very end, Robert Park discusses a movie. I gotta go find that movie.
Okay. A good read, but missing some important examples. What happened to Dr. Brinkley's goat gonad treatment for male sexual dysfunction? Read morePublished 12 months ago by Will Harvey
Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud by Robert L. Park
"Voodoo Science" is a very entertaining and informative book that will help people judge which... Read more
Obvious evidence of what happens when you have folks who don't understand a subject expound at length on it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Albert E. Ulak