Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science
New York: Dover Publications, 1957. 373 pages.
Published originally in 1957 as the revised edition of his In the Name of Science (1952), Martin Gardner's first book on pseudoscience is still as relevant — and as readable — as ever. A chapter is devoted to creationism, of course, but Gardner discusses a wide variety of bizarre pseudoscientific beliefs. "In the last analysis," he writes, "the best means of combating the spread of pseudo-science is an enlightened public, able to distinguish the work of a reputable investigator from the work of the incompetent and self-deluded." Through Fads and Fallacies and its sequels, Gardner helped, and continues to help, to enlighten the public accordingly.