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When You Were a Tadpole and I Was a Fish: And Other Speculations About This and That
 
 
Author
Martin Gardner.
Publisher Hill & Wang  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780809087372
Pages/Publication Date 246/2009
Daedalus Item Code 30502
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"[This] might be called a Martin Gardner sampler, bringing together both new pieces and golden oldies. It includes the personal essays 'Why I Am Not a Paranormalist' and 'Why I Am Not an Atheist,' as well as several mathematical articles (one on Fibonacci sequences), an explanation for why remarkable coincidences aren't so remarkable ('Was the Sinking of the Titanic Foretold?'), several scathing critiques of religious fundamentalism (see, in particular, the pieces on Ann Coulter, Frank Tipler and Oral Roberts's son, Richard), and enthusiastic introductions to L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ... and to G.K. Chesterton's Tales of the Long Bow and The Coloured Lands. The book ends with a defense of democratic socialism. Overall, Gardner's main theme is still the one he has sounded for going on 60 years: 'Our nation is weakened when large numbers of citizens ... are scientific illiterates.' If you're already addicted to Martin Gardner's plain prose, gentle, reasonable voice, exhaustive research and relentless logic, you will want to add this book to your collection."Washington Post
 
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