Facts and Fallacies: A Book of Definitive Mistakes and Misguided Predictions - Compiled By Chris Morgan & David LangfordWebb & Bower, 1981, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper with heavier tanning to the flaps. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “Archbishop Ussher’s famous calculation from the scriptures that the Earth was created in 4004 BC is only one of countless sweeping but false statements and hilariously inaccurate predictions made by our ancestors — and by some twentieth-century figures who should have known better. In this collection we find items from the ancient world (Aristotle telling us that birds never urinate because ‘that superfluity which could be converted into urine, is turned into feathers’), from more recent history (a Victorian sexologist proving that twins are born as a result of repeated intercourse, as demonstrated by the urgency and haste with which the second child follows the first into the world) and even the twentieth century (the eminent American astronomer Simon Newcomb admits reluctantly after the Wright Brothers’ flights, that powered aircraft may be built which can carry a pilot, but they will never be able to carry a passenger too).
The various gaffes and lunacies are grouped together under thematic headings, and linked by a witty and perceptive text, but, as we laugh at earlier misconceptions, we are reminded that perhaps we should look more carefully at some of the statements of ‘fact’ which we accept today.”