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Heavenly Errors

Heavenly Errors - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0231116459

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ISBN13: 978-0231116459
ISBN10: 0231116454
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Published: 2001
International: No

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Heavenly Errors - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0231116459

Neil F. Comins

ISBN13: 978-0231116459
ISBN10: 0231116454
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Columbia University Press

Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

Astronomy is one of the most misunderstood scientific disciplines. With the participation of undergraduate students, Comins has identified and classified, by origin and topic, over 1,700 commonly held misconceptions. 20 illustrations.

Author Bio

Neil F. Comins is the author of What if the Moon Didn4t Exist? He has contributed numerous articles to Astronomy magazine and has appeared on radio and television. He is professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Maine.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Fun in the Sun: Some Misconceptions Close to Home

3. Creating Your Own Private Cosmos: Internal and Mixed Origins of Incorrect Beliefs

2. Blame It on Someone Else: External Origins of Incorrect Beliefs

4. Survival in a Misperceived World: How Well Did Our Ancestors Do Without Understanding Nature?

6. The Sage on the Stage or the Guide by Your Side: A Peek Behind the Effort to Help You Unlearn Misconceptions

5. Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Misconceptions are Hard to Replace

7. Let the Buyer Beware: How to Avoid Future Misconceptions

8. Conflicts and Dangers: The Problems That Misconceptions Create

Epilogue: False Personal Cosmologies

Selected Bibliography

Index

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