Scientists and Scoundrels: A Book of Hoaxes

Scientists and Scoundrels: A Book of Hoaxes

Scientists and Scoundrels: A Book of Hoaxes

Scientists and Scoundrels: A Book of Hoaxes

Excerpt

This is, in a way, a book of science fiction--or, at any rate, a book of fictional science. There are hardly any monsters from outer space in it, and only a single rocket ship. Our heroes and our villains are chiefly men of science, though. Sometimes even very learned men behave in strange and erratic ways, and their odd behavior forms the substance of the present book.

It is a book of hoaxes. It is a record of human attempts to bamboozle, flimflam, hoodwink, and otherwise deceive. The word "hoax" is not particularly old, as English words go; its first appearance in the language seems to have occurred only in 1796. Some say that it is derived from an older word, "to hocus," which dates from about 1640. A hocuser was one who deceived, jug-

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.