Superstition: Belief in the Age of Science

  • ISBN13:


  • ISBN10:


  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-07-01

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.

Purchase Benefits

  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $16.95 Save up to $1.69
  • Rent Book $15.26
    Add to Cart Free Shipping


Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?

  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.
  • The Rental and eBook copies of this book are not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. Typically, only the book itself is included. This is true even if the title states it includes any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.


From uttering a prayer before boarding a plane to exploring past lives through hypnosis, superstition has become pervasive in contemporary culture. Robert Park, the best-selling author of Voodoo Science, asks why people persist in superstitious convictions long after science has shown them to be ill-founded.

Author Biography

Robert L. Park is professor of physics at the University of Maryland. He is the author of Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Lessons from a treep. vii
A Bigger Prize: In which we discover scientists of faithp. 1
The Secret of Life: In which Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection survivesp. 23
Miracle at Columbia: In which both sides pray for victoryp. 56
Giving up the Ghost: In which we search for the soulp. 79
The Silent Army: In which we search for an afterlifep. 93
The Tsunami God: In which the innocent sufferp. 104
The New Age: In which anything goesp. 116
Schrödinger's Grave: In which quantum mysticism is found to be superstitionp. 129
The Barbary Duck: In which the body heals itselfp. 142
The Deer: In which the placebo effect is explainedp. 161
The Moral Law: In which we instinctively know right from wrongp. 188
The Last Butterfly: In which there is no place else to gop. 202
Bibliographyp. 217
Indexp. 221
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

Rewards Program

Write a Review