The UFO Enigma
By (author) Peter A. Sturrock
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UFO Enigma by Peter A. Sturrock
Book DescriptionMost reports of UFOs are cases of error or merely hoaxes. However a certain percentage defy all rational explanation. This study examines a number of cases that have been well documented and corroborated, yet remain unexplained.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780446525657
(229mm x 152mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Warner Books
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publish Date: 16-May-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Peter A. Sturrock
UFO Enigma, Paperback (November 2000)
Since the 1940s, the modern UFO controversy has raged between believers and debunkers, with little input from the scientific community. Now, an international panel of scientists grills UFO investigators and debates the physical evidence of dozens of cases.
Plasma Physics, Paperback (June 1994)» View all books by Peter A. Sturrock
This book provides the ideal introduction to this complex and fascinating field of research, balancing the theoretical and practical and preparing the student for further study.
US Kirkus Review » A comprehensive investigation of encounters with unidentified flying objects, all the more riveting because it is both skeptical and scrupulously objective. What facts do we have regarding UFOs? asks an international team of scientists headed by Sturrock (Physics/Stanford Univ.). What is the physical evidence, and what is it trying to tell us? Taking pains to avoid sounding frivolous, the team reviews the records of UFO encounters. Many can be explained as misinterpretations of such man-made objects as satellites, or as natural phenomena like marsh gas, manifestations of lightning, or wave ducting, which causes radar mirages. Other experiences are characterized here as "suggestive but far from sufficient" in terms of data. Even more intriguing are the "anomalies," a full 30% of the notable contacts, often sighted by multiple observers without discernible ulterior motives, some with photographic evidence, some with material remains, some tracked on radar screens, all left unexplained after a battery of tests that include such jawbreakers as micro-densitometry scans of photographic film crystals, and the probings of spark mass spectrometry. The scope and detail of these analyses make them tough going for the lay reader, but the narrative sections and interviews are captivating. It's particularly gratifying to read the investigators' exquisite debunkings of the bureaucratic obfuscation and mumbo jumbo with which government officials have smugly dismissed UFO sightings. This cavalier attitude won't do, the study argues; we need more systematic data collection and procedures. Given the randomness of UFO events, however, that may be asking for the impossible. The ultimate conclusion here is a rousing Who knows? Nonetheless, "a signal emerges from the noise and that signal is not readily comprehensible in terms of phenomena now well known to science." In other words, something is out there; it's just unidentified. (Kirkus Reviews)
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