Announcing “The Science of Miracles”

June 12, 2013

In case you haven’t heard, my new book—The Science of Miracles: Investigating the Incredible (Prometheus 2013—is out. The BBC’s magazine Focus has already honored it as its science-book-of-the-month for June. Here is what some distinguished people have said about it:

  • “The Science of Miracles is the magnum opus of the world’s top paranormal investigator. Joe Nickell provides us with a grand tour of the full range of claimed miracles, examining each case with an honest, unbiased scientific eye and making no prejudgments. He lets the evidence speak for itself.” (Victor J. Stenger [author of God and the Atom], jacket blurb for Nickell’s book, 2013.)

  • “In this book, some of the most incredible supposed miracles are carefully examined by the watchful eye of the incomparable Joe Nickell, a magnificent storyteller and a splendid detective.” (Massimo Polidoro, journalist and writer, executive director of the Italian Committee for Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, jacket blurb, 2013.) 

  • [Joe Nickell is] “Probably the world’s leading paranormal detective.” (John W. Loftus [author of The Outsider Test for Faith], jacket blurb for Nickell’s The Science of Miracles, 2013.) 

  • “There is probably no-one in the world better qualified to write a book assessing the evidence relating to alleged miracles than Joe Nickell, Senior Research Fellow for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Nickell brings a wide range of skills to the task including expertise in forensics, psychology, handwriting analysis and folklore. The result is an expert evaluation of the world’s most famous miracle claims along with many lesser-known cases.” (Prof. Chris French, Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London; review of Nickell’s The Science of Miracles in the BBC’s Focus magazine, June 2013.) 

  • The Science of Miracles is a worthwhile and challenging book for both the skeptic and the believer. . . . Armed with sophisticated scientific instrumentation, a set of strong observational skills (developed in part by his investigations of fraudulent documents) and the innate intuition of the seasoned and successful investigator, Mr. Nickell rides forth to do battle against all the bad guys of fraud and fakery. . . . Mr. Nickell’s discussion of the controversy over the Shroud of Turin is one of the many examples of the detailed scrutiny he brings to bear on a supposed miracle.” (Donald F. Calbreath, New York Journal of Books, May 7, 2013.)

To purchase a copy (paperback $18) contact Prometheus Books at 800-421-0351. Or visit your bookstore or online retailer. Also available as an ebook (ISBN 978-1-61614-742-6) for $11.99.

Comments:

#1 gray1 on Wednesday June 12, 2013 at 11:34am

If (perhaps now more than ever)our government leaders can appreciate the concept and application of “plausible deniability”, how much more so agents serving the mysteries of any divine plan?  Without such mysteries, the good Mr. Nickell would be out of a job and the rest of us might suffer acute boredom. 

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