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Great Mythconceptions: The Science Behind the Myths by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki - Review
- Microwave ovens cooking food from the inside-out
- Cellulite treatment
- Lemmings’ suicidal cliff jumps
- Short memory spans of Goldfish
- Einstein failing school
- Causes of side stitches
- Claims against Aspartame and Diet Drinks
- Anti-perspirants and cancer
- Hair and nail growth after death
- Bermuda Triangle
- Aluminium causes Alzheimer’s Disease
- Moonlanding conspiracy
- King Tut’s curse
- Toilet seat is the most germ-infested household/workplace object
- We only use 10% of our brain
- Fans cool rooms
- Handwashing is superior to using a dishwasher
- Tampons cause cervical cancer
- Chocolate causes zits
- Schizophrenia and Split Personality are linked
- Uluru (Ayres Rock) is the biggest monolith in the world
- Knuckle cracking causes arthiritis
- Humans and Dinosaurs co-existing
- Camel humps are full of water
- Figurative use of "quantum leap"
- Typhoid Mary
- Pregnancy and Baby Delivery Myths
- The soul weighs 21 grams
- Cerebral Palsy is caused by lack of oxygen during birth
- CD’s last forever
- One-way mirrors
The book is well written in plain English (without
excessive technical jargon), making it easy to understand for those who haven’t
had a formal science education, but are curious about the topics.
Beyond separating fact from fallacy the also the book contains some interesting ‘extra’ facts about the phenomenon explained, as well as some humorous black and white illustrations to reinforce the concepts covered.
About the Author
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is a man of science - currently the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at the University of Sydney for the School of Physics, he holds degrees in math, biomedical engineering, medicine and surgery, has studied astrophysics, computer science, and philosophy and has worked in a wide variety of jobs - physicist, labourer, roadie, car mechanic, film-maker, hospital scientific officer, biomedical engineer, TV Weatherman, taxi driver and medical doctor to name a few.
He is best known for his work as an author of over 20 books, columnist for The Age on scientific myths, radio presenter on Triple J, ABC radio and BBC in weekly science shows, guest appearances on Channel 7’s Sunrise, co-hosting Sleek Geeks with Adam Spencer on ABC TV.