Books by Peter A. Sturrock

AKA Shakespeare by Peter A. Sturrock
Released: Feb. 2, 2013

"A thought exercise delivered in a unique format that provokes more questions than answers."
In screenplay format, four characters debate the real identity of Shakespeare, using Bayesian statistics to justify their conclusions. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

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. (Photos, charts, diagrams) Read full book review >