Now, it’s funny – quack devices, alchemy, bloodletting, the worship of meteorites, faked data, secret testing, and the various trials and tribulations scientists have endured.
Back then, it wasn’t. But it’s all in the telling, and Independent Publisher decided that former Rocklander Linda Zimmermann was a contender in its 15th annual 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards. There were about 3,900 entries from 2,000 independent authors and publishers.
During its spring awards ceremony in New York City, the Independent Publishers (an online organization) gave her a silver award in the humor category for “Bad Science: A Brief History of Bizarre Misconceptions, Totally Wrong Conclusions and Incredibly Stupid Theories,” (www.badsciences.com) published by Eagle Press.
In sharing her news, she stated “Most people think science is boring, but when you consider the really stupid things people have believed over the centuries, you can’t help but laugh.”
Zimmermann was a research chemist at Fisher Diagnostics in Orangeburg before turning to writing and lecturing, and has published more than 20 books. She also speaks locally about Rockland history and hauntings.
But she’ll talk about bad science at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Mount Pleasant Public Library, 350 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, www.mountpleasantlibrary.org.