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Foundations of Physics, Vol. 25, No. 11, 1995 Book Review
 

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Foundations of Physics, Vol. 25, No. 11, 1995
Book Review
At Home in the Universe. By John Archibald Wheeler. American Institute
of Physics Press, Woodbury, New York, New York, 1994, 365 pp., $25.95 (cloth),
$15.95 (paperback).
Badly edited! In a heading at the top of page 126 a big bold typo that even a spell-
checker would not miss; an index that puts Kip Thorne on page 298, but misses him on
pages 88 and 173 and that misses, for example, Democritus (page 190) and Klaus Fuchs
(page 209) entirely; a promise in "About the Series" [Masters of Modern Physics, of
which this is Volume 9] that "once selected for inclusion, the essays are carefully edited
and updated," but on page 57 we read that "try as many have, no one has detected with a
telescope anything near the center of the Crab Nebula that can be identified with a
residual core from that supernova explosion," and later on that same page, "to detect
whether the x-ray source varies in time with the period of the binary will be much more
difficult. An x-ray detector shot up from earth remains above the atmosphere only five
minutes." And there has been no editing to remove redundancy; we read on page 133
about the bears of Bern, and then on page 144 we find ourselves again reading about the
bears of Bern (and neither "bear" or "Bern" in the index!)
I had hoped and expected that this was a new book by John Wheeler, but it is a

  

Source: Henry, Richard C.- Department of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University

 

Collections: Physics