Over at Jim Macdonald’s blog, there’s a book review that y’all might find interesting.
The Universityy of Chicago gives away free e-books. Every month there’s a new one, and they’re all swell. This month’s freebie, I think, is one that folks who follow my blog may really like: The Pseudoscience Wars: Immanuel Velikovsky and the Birth of the Modern Fringe by Michael B. Gordin.
I remember reading Velikovsky back when I was in fourth or fifth grade. My dad had copies of Ages in Chaos, Earth in Upheaval (both in paperback) and Worlds in Collision in hardcover. I loved those books. They were Grand Theories of Everything, in engaging prose, and filled with footnotes to obscure sources. Then something occurred to me: “Hey, wait a minute,” I said to myself. “This guy literally can’t tell the difference between a carbohydrate and a hydrocarbon.” (I had a chemistry set and I knew how to use it. Yes, I was the…
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