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Private Science of Louis Pasteur: 306 Paperback – 1 July 2014
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"The most original account of Pasteur's science and his personality to appear. . . . a remarkable example of judicious, balanced scholarly treatment of very difficult issues. This book will be of great interest both within and outside the scholarly fields from which it emerges."--Frederic L. Holmes, Yale University
"This book is a scientific biography at its best. With a fine sense of judgment, clear exposition, and the sophistication of the seasoned scholar, Professor Geison has produced a tour-de-force. Unswayed by the extremes of social construction or the prejudices of an animus against science, he has nevertheless revealed the nature of the Pastorian legend and has traced out the manner of its construction. Pasteur emerges still the skillful experimentalist, but also a bold combatant, versed in the art of oratory, and so secretive about his day-to-day work that until his laboratory notebooks became available recently it was impossible to check the myths that have made the legend."--Robert Olby, University of Pittsburgh
- Publisher : Princeton University Press; 1st edition (1 July 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 418 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0691604975
- ISBN-13 : 978-0691604978
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.39 x 23.5 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 555,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I was also unaware until I read this book that Pasteur's interest in the racemic/tartaric acid problem was originally driven by the mistaken belief that there was an anomaly regarding waters of crystallisation, rather than the much more important discovery concerning optical activity and what we now know as chirality. I would, however, have liked to know more about why so much time had to pass between Pasteur's work the late 1840s, and the tetrahedral carbon proposals independently advanced by van't Hoff and Le Bel in 1874.
Two scientific/historical quibbles. We are told that Pasteur was interested in the formation of optically active amyl alcohol by fermentation, but as far as I can see the optically active forms of amyl alcohol are not formed in this way. And Geison fails to mention (I have not seen anyone who *does* mention) the report of the investigations by a team appointed by the Academie of Pasteur's claims, and their validation of these claims by showing how the activity of L-rotatory tartaric acid was modified by treatment with boric acid, although this report directly follows Pasteur's much-cited full account (Annales de Chimie et de Physique, 1850, 99-117 and 56-99 respectively, and references therein to earlier work).
I also greatly enjoyed the contrast drawn between the "scientific method" of the philosophers, according to which science operates by attempting to disprove hypotheses, and the gritty reality of Pasteur's actual practice, in which he set out to prove them, to such good effect that he managed to overlook such glaring exceptions as the failure of boiling to totally suppress fermentation in hay broth.
The medical industry's treatment of disease is based upon the same false philosophy that the potion sellers of the Middle Ages created to fool, for the sole purpose of making a buck, their desperate and discomforted customers into purchasing health destroying poisonous snake oils - that disease is an attacking, invisible outside entity that only injected or ingested poisons can defeat, and that disease is not self created symptoms that express the overburdening of the body with endless, widely practiced deprivations and excesses such as smoking, alcohol, drugs, cooked food, refined food, and similar abnormal consumptions.
Pasteur was not a legitimate scientist, but rather an impostor, plagiarizer and profiteer. He, through intentional and careful manipulation, developed himself into a well connected man who obnoxiously and aggressively used his position, his connection to Napoleon and other high society and financially invested figures, and his thusly gained influence to fabricate, then push and bully upon others in the scientific world of his era the specious claim that a recently discovered invisible-to-the-eye organism, the bacteria, made visible by the newly invented scientific instrument - the microscope, was responsible for the sufferings of man. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Pasteur and the medical industry jumped on his claims to fatten their wallets at the expense of the physical health and mental clarity, soundness, and stability of the future world. Today, mankind lives under the identical, harm inducing superstitions surrounding disease that the oft criticized populations of the dark ages lived under. WEe are them, still, only with a microscope in one hand and an enormously developed and "modernized" poisoning, drug pushing, flesh cutting, profit focussed cartel called Medicine in the other. Take the poison but always be sure to pay the venom producer - the government protected pharmaceutical industry. To the con artists typified by Pasteur and other snake oil salesmen, it's all about profit and fame, and not about truth, honesty, and integrity. It's about instilling fear in the masses and profiting on their ignorance, gullibility and obedience to authority figures. If Pasteur the Hoaxer had been a geologist instead of the mediocre-at-best chemist that he was, the modern world would still be believing that the earth was flat, that the sun revolved around the earth, that the moon was made of cheese, and that the earth was the centre of the universe, and everyone would be forced to donate to the Church of Pasteur to show and pronounce their undying faith in the above "truths".
If a person can bear to read through this tome of propaganda that uses the words "private science" in its title, incidentally revealing the true nature of Pasteur's work - fraudulent manipulation of data and method, and is willing to use even the smallest smidgeon of critical thinking to evaluate the preachings within the book instead of automatically accepting wholesale the author's self admitted 100% biased and corrupt "explanation" of the "legitimacy" of Pasteur's clearly fraudulent, unscientific, self-serving promotion of the fairy tale germ "theory", the person will have studied and learned a popular, deviant method used by propagandists to promote their craft and sales.
The author is obviously not motivated by the revelation of truth, but rather presents himself as a supporter of pseudo science as a commendable method for unconscionable hucksters like Pasteur to criminally gain prominence over truly legitimate and admirable scientific researchers such as Pasteur's rival, the genius Antoine Bechamp, as revealed by the author's unabashed grandiose praising of Pasteur's unrelenting deceitful efforts to obfuscate truth, falsify data and experiments, and bully his peers into submission in order to create financial profit and glory for himself and the bandwagon of salivating, money driven drug manufacturers surrounding and backing him. Bechamp, the true scientist, an actual biologist, in his life's work, revealed and clearly explained the true nature of disease which at the same time disproved the spurious belief that came to be called Pasteur's germ "theory".
The author appears as a stooge of the medical cartel in allowing himself to be used as a prop for the foolish, non-sensible, and destructive germ "theory" belief accepted blindly by the masses or by those so unfortunate to have purchased and uncritically read this tome of propaganda. Preach, preach, obfuscate, lie, misrepresent, money, money - these are the thoughts that predominate the minds of scammers of Pasteur's inclination. The author can use his endless collection of fancy 10 dollar words and meandering, excuse laden, meaningless paragraphs as much as he likes, but it doesn't add a penny of veracity to any of his claims or to Pasteur's obviously false, superstitious assertions that the author conveniently, deceptively, and euphemistically, but revealingly, characterizes as the "private science" of Pasteur.
Give it a break, wool spinner. "Private science" is just another term for the expression "pulling the wool over one's eyes", and the author, or anyone, who writes a tome that supports this practice, used effectively by Pasteur in promoting the Middle Ages born fairy tale of the germ "theory", reveals himself as a stooge of the medical cartel and likewise just as corrupt as the person, the "selfless saviour" Pasteur, who has been represented by the medical cartel as a heroic face of the superstitious poisoning practice called medicine.
It's for the carefully thinking individual to inform themselves of the truth, and for the gullible individual entrapped by the belief mentality to fall for the lurid lies of the germ "theory" and its loose thinking, harm bringing, profit focused promoters. A research into Antoine Bechamp, his methods, his genius, and his attention to the scientific method of research will reveal to the interested person the true nature of disease, from which sensible and productive approaches to health can be pursued which includes the complete avoidance of such deadly poisons as immunization shots and inoculations. Books by Bechamp such as 'The Blood and its Third Element' and books written about him such as Ethel Hume's 'Bechamp or Pasteur', are the rubies in the sand, gems for any person interested in understanding the true nature of life, health, and disease. The world isn't a flat disc, it's an oblate sphere, the earth revolves around the sun, the moon is made of rock not cheese, the earth is not the centre of the universe, all revealed by careful examination of the facts, the successful examiner being careful to avoid the deceptive methods employed by the fraudster and huckster Pasteur, whose devious methods are faithfully supported by the author of the tome "The Private Science of Louis Pasteur", more appropriately and honestly called, "The faked and manipulated pseudo science of the bullying showman Louis Pasteur".
Pasteur is connected to the word 'science' only and solely through his unrelenting and unforgiving dedication to the abuse and false use of the scientific method for his own gain. The mal-intent Pasteur was as much a credible scientist as a low life con artist is a trustworthy businessman for the elderly. He was a self serving fraud artist, a scammer, a liar, a bully, and a scourge to mankind, an abhorrent scoundrel whose misbegotten deeds have brought endless and untold, horrible suffering to the gullible, belief driven, authority obedient public that are now enslaved by the fear mongering, drug pushing, and flesh slashing Medical Industry, best described as the prostitute of the pimping Pharmaceutical Industry, both of which are founded on the superstitious germ 'theory' that Pasteur calculatingly cemented as the foundation of modern Medicine. Evil is as evil does. Read the book and understand how evil is propagated. However, time is better spent studying the work of Bechamp and his supporters, for then one can understand how to create and maintain health while avoiding the causes of disease, one of which is the horror house called medicine.