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Pop-sci books that were publicly influential but based on weak science

(I hope this is on-topic on this site) I am wondering what are some of the best examples of popular-science books that had large influence in public, but was based on weak science? By "large ...
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Real effects long thought to be coincidences

What examples are there of scientific effects or correlations that we now know to be real, and were known about for a long time but thought to be coincidences? To give an example of the kind of thing ...
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Mathematics PhD dissertations that opened a new field of research

I propose this as a companion wiki page to the one about PhD dissertations which contain a solution to an open problem in the style of big-list questions, thinking ...
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Contribution of non-western mathematics to modern mathematics

When I talk about the western mathematical tradition, I think roughly of the mathematics done by the Greeks, and then take up by European countries and then countries with primarily European ...