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Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2003 11:56:23 -0700
From: "Terry W. Colvin" <fortean1@...>
Subject: BOOK REVIEW: Scientific Anomalies and Other Provocative Phenomena
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Science Frontiers Book Supplement, No. 146, Mar-Apr, 2003, p. 1
Prices are in U.S. dollars. All orders must be prepaid. U.S. orders under
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_Scientific Anomalies and Other Provocative Phenomena: An Annotated Outline of
Compiled by William R. Corliss
The book pictured above is my first attempt to map the universe of scientific
anomalies in a compact format. The quotation below from page 1 details the
book's background and objectives.
Over the past four decades, I have amassed a collection of roughly
50,000 articles and shorter items from the scientific literature.
Each was selected because it seemed to challenge a paradigm of
science or was in some way "provocative" in that it suggested all
of the elements in Nature's grand scheme.
Although I have already published 37 books detailing over 2,000
scientific anomalies and "provocative" phenomena, the cataloging
task is barely half done.
At this midpoint of the effort, it seems worthwhile to stand back
and look at what has been accomplished and what mysteries of the
natural world have not yet been cataloged. Therefore, in this
book, I spread out in print the vast scope of scientific anomalies,
as seen in a deep, eclectic, one-person search of the literature
of science. I include those phenomena already identified in my
previous books and the many more that merit space in my files but
which have not yet been fully analyzed. It should not surprise
anyone that this Outline contains about 6,000 entries, all of
which remain unexplained to my satisfaction or which, at the very
least, I find very curious and engaging.
This Outline is one person's attempt to grasp better the full scope
of the cosmos by mapping its terra incognitae. Hopefully, it will
be useful and stimulating to others.
My major objectives are these:
* The compilation of a list of scientific phenomena worth of further
attention and research;
* The presentation of a "first look" at the *entire* spectrum of what
I have found anomalous, provocative, and exciting in science (It is
a very large realm as you shall see.); and
* The provision, via a menu-type index, of a guide to my many
already-published Catalogs and Handbooks of anomalies and curiosities.
As for specific content, the six disciplines already represented by Catalogs
and/or Handbooks (Archeology, Astronomy, Biology, Geology, Geophysics, and
Psychology) are briefly recapitulated and updated in separate chapters. The
Biology chapter; in addition to humans, other mammals, and birds; includes
fish, reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods. There is a separate chapter on
Chemistry & Physics and another short one on Miscellany.
The 6,000 entries are often expanded by interpretative annotations, examples
in telegraphic form, and cross references.
The book's statistics prove that it is a bargain for the great mass of
unique material it contains.
300 pp., large 7x10 format, 244 illustrations, only $17.95p
Five of the 244 figures now follow [not shown].
[Caption] Main mechanism of the Greek "computer." Numbers indicate the
numbers of teeth in the gears. (*Natural History*, 71:8, March 1962.) [MMTj]
[Caption] Pockmarks on the floor of the North Sea detected by sonar. These
may be due to the eruptions of natural gas. (*New Scientist*, 83:90, 1979.)
[Caption] A possible universal relationship between the angular momenta and
masses of astronomical objects. (*Sky & Telescope*, 64:228, 1982.) [ATB3]
[Caption] A pearlfish (or fierasfer) enters the anus of a sea cucumber
tailfirst for shelter. (*English Mechanic*, 33:302, 1881.) [BFXd]
[Caption] Typical method of using the planchette. (*Scientific American*,
19:17, 1860.) [PHDk]
Terry W. Colvin, Sierra Vista, Arizona (USA) < fortean1@... >
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