Saturday, April 5, 2014

Armchair Science: No Experiments, Just Deduction

On Thursday, Amazon published Armchair Science: No Experiments, Just Deduction, as a Kindle Book.

The book develops the premise that science is not a collection of facts; science is what we can induce from facts.  By observing the night sky, without the aid of telescopes,  we can deduce that the universe is expanding, that the universe is not infinitely old, and why black holes exist.  Without resorting to experimentation or mathematical analysis, we can deduce that gravity is a curvature in space-time, that the particles that compose light have no mass, that there is a theoretical limit to the number of different elements in the universe, and that the earth is billions of years old.   Likewise, simple observations on animals tell us much about the migration of continents, the evolutionary relationships among classes of animals, why the nuclei of cells contain our genetic material, why certain animals are long-lived, why the gestation period of humans is 9 months, and why some diseases are rare and other diseases are common.

In Armchair Science, the reader is confronted with 129 scientific mysteries, in cosmology, particle physics, chemistry, biology, and medicine.  Beginning with simple observations, step-by-step analyses guide the reader toward solutions that are sometimes startling, and always entertaining.

I hope that the readers of this blog will visit the book at its Amazon site and read the "look inside" pages.

Armchair Science is written for general readers who are curious about science, and who want to sharpen their deductive skills.

Book details provided by the Amazon site:

File Size: 7868 KB
Print Length: 295 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

- Jules Berman, April 5, 2014