By Martin Gardner
Reasonable, witty appraisal of cranks, quacks, and quackeries of technological know-how and pseudoscience: hole earth, Velikovsky, orgone strength, Dianetics, alien craft, Bridey Murphy, nutrition and clinical fads, and so forth. Revised, elevated within the identify of technology. "A very capable and even-tempered presentation."—The New Yorker.
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Gradually, he comes to the conclusion that the Air Force's "Project Saucer" was set up not only to investigate, but also to conceal—to conceal from the public the fact that the saucers are from another planet. "As I waited for a taxi," he writes, "I looked up at the sky. It was a clear summer night, without a single cloud. Beyond the low hill to the west I could see the stars. I can still remember thinking. " Keyhoe is convinced that the earth has been under periodic observation by another planet, or planets, for at least two centuries.
Here is Heard's description of what these bees may look like: A creature with eyes like brilliant cut diamonds, with a head of sapphire, a thorax of emerald, an abdomen of ruby, wings like opal, legs like topaz—such a body would be worthy of this super-mind. " It is we would feel shabby and ashamed and maybe, with our clammy, putty-colored bodies, repulsive! Of course ... we must allow that we should find it hard to make friends with anything that had more than two legs. . Like Keyhoe, Heard believes the space men are here as scouts to investigate atomic explosions.
Later, President Truman also issued an official denial that the military were working on any type of airborne craft which corresponded to saucer descriptions. In February, 1951, the Office of Naval Research distributed a ten-page report on the Navy's huge skyhook balloons, used for cosmic-ray research. The report pointed out in detail the ease with which these giant plastic bags—a hundred feet in diameter—could be mistaken for flying disks. The balloons reach a height of 100,000 feet, and are often borne by Jetstream winds at speeds of more than 200 miles per hour.