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Armchair Science: No Experiments, Just Deduction

Armchair Science: No Experiments, Just Deduction
by Jules J. Berman, 

In April, 2014, Amazon published Armchair Science: No Experiments, Just Deduction, as a Kindle eBook.

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.

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

In Armchair Science, the reader is confronted with 129 scientific mysteries, in the fields of 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.

Each scientific mystery begins with an observation (i.e., the "clue" to solving the mystery), then a deduction based on the clue, then a step-by-step analysis that traces how the deduction was obtained.

The list of 129 "clues" is shown below. The clues are simple observations; the kind that everyone knows. If your powers of deduction are sharp, you will find that, starting with these seemingly insignificant clues, some of the most important mysteries of science can be solved.

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

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