Brilliant Blunders

Brilliant Blunders

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

Book - 2013
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"Drawing on the lives of five great scientists -- Charles Darwin, William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle and Albert Einstein -- scientist/author Mario Livio shows how even the greatest scientists made major mistakes and how science built on these errors to achieve breakthroughs, especially into the evolution of life and the universe"--
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Simon & Schuster, 2013
Edition: First Simon & Schuster trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9781439192375
Branch Call Number: 500 LIV NVD
Characteristics: 341 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jun 17, 2016

A very well researched and written book. Enjoyed it very much. Was familiar with two of the five "blunders", i.e., Linus Pauling and Albert Einstein, before reading this book, but it filled in a lot of background and details. My view is that I would not call Linus Pauling's a blunder. He proposed a new model of DNA using what was available to him, and his colleagues, which did not include the best X-ray pictures of DNA crystals. His is just the normal scientific process of proposing a new theory and let later experimental data to affirm or falsify the new theory. Personally, Einstein's view regarding quantum mechanics - God does not play dice, is a bigger "blunder" than including a cosmological constant in his General Relativity Equation.

Mar 07, 2014

An overwhelming amount of research and data; the premisses are stated with minute steps in research and then refuted and these conclusions explained, and then the reworking of the first premise is laid out --and it goes back and forth, on and on.

The "writing style" is one of a mathematics/ chemistry researcher. If you haven't majored in one of these fields, reading this book is to slog through dead weight.

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