Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe
Drawing on the lives of five great scientists this eoescholarly insightful and beautifully written booke Martin Rees author of From Here to Infinity illuminates the path to scientific discovery Charles Darwin William Thomson Lord Kelvin Linus Pauling Fred Hoyle and Albert Einstein all made groundbreaking contributions to their fieldse but each also stumbled badly Darwine tm s theory of natural selection shouldne tm t have worked according to the prevailing beliefs of his time Lord Kelvin gravely miscalculated the age of the earth Linus Pauling the worlde tm s premier chemist constructed an erroneous model for DNA in his haste to beat the competition to publication Astrophysicist Fred Hoyle dismissed the idea of a eoeBig Bange origin to the universe ironically the caustic name he gave to this event endured long after his erroneous objections were disproven And Albert Einstein speculated incorrectly about the forces of the universee and that speculation opened the door to brilliant conceptual leaps As Mario Livio luminously explains in this eoethoughtful meditation on the course of science itselfe The New York Times Book Review these five scientists expanded our knowledge of life on earth the evolution of the earth and the evolution of the universe despite and because of their errors eoeThoughtful well researched and beautifully writtene The Washington Post Brilliant Blunders is a wonderfully insightful examination of the psychology of five fascinating scientistse and the mistakes as well as the achievements that made them famous Drawing on the lives of five great scientists this scholarly insightful and beautifully written book Martin Rees author of From Here to Infinity illuminates the path to scientific discovery Charles Darwin William Thomson Lord Kelvin Linus Pauling Fred Hoyle and Albert Einstein all made groundbreaking contributions to their fields but each also stumbled badly Darwin s theory of natura
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