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Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein: Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe

 
 
Author
Mario Livio.
Publisher Simon & Schuster  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.35 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9781439192375
Pages/Publication Date 341/2013
Daedalus Item Code 61401
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"Astrophysicist and award-winning author [Mario] Livio analyzes ruinous errors of five great scientific minds in the wake of their most prominent discoveries and how those errors have not only propelled scientific breakthroughs, but provide 'insights ... into the operation of the human mind.' Summoning Charles Darwin, Lord Kelvin, Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, and Albert Einstein, Livio argues there is no progress without lessons in humility.... Two-time Nobel prize-winning chemist Pauling's flub of basic chemistry catalyzed the discoveries of Watson and Crick; Hoyle, a cosmologist who displayed 'pigheaded, almost infuriating refusal' to give up his thoroughly refuted 'steady state theory,' energized advanced studies of how we exist in space with his controversial ideas; and Einstein, 'the embodiment of genius,' refused to give up on his cosmological constant, 'the most famous fudge factor in the history of science.' With humor and precision, Livio reminds us: 'Even the most impressive minds are not flawless; they merely pave the way for the next level of understanding'."Publishers Weekly
 
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