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

[Mario Livio] ↠ Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe ½ Download Online eBook or Kindle ePUB. Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe Astrophysicist Fred Hoyle dismissed the idea of a “Big Bang” origin to the universe (ironically, the caustic name he gave to this event endured long after his erroneous objections were disproven). Lord Kelvin gravely miscalculated the age of the earth. Darwin’s theory of natural selection shouldn’t have worked, according to the prevailing beliefs of his time. Drawing on the lives of five great scientists, this “scholarly, insightful, and beautifully written book&rdq

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

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Rating : 4.74 (898 Votes)
Asin : 1439192375
Format Type : paperback
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
Publish Date : 2017-09-27
Language : English

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These thinkers succumbed to moments of fear, pride, stubbornness, and doubt common to all "mere mortals"—to the benefit of elucidating the evolution of life and the universe. 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,

Astrophysicist Fred Hoyle dismissed the idea of a “Big Bang” origin to the universe (ironically, the caustic name he gave to this event endured long after his erroneous objections were disproven). Lord Kelvin gravely miscalculated the age of the earth. Darwin’s theory of natural selection shouldn’t have worked, according to the prevailing beliefs of his time. 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. As Mario Livio luminously explains in this “thoughtful meditation on the course of science itself” (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.“Thoughtful, well-researched, and beautifully written” (The Washington Post), Brilliant Blunders is a wonderfully insightful examination of the psychology of five fascinating scientist

Besides Why? What Makes Us Curious, he is the author of The Golden Ratio, a highly acclaimed book for which he received the International Pythagoras Prize and the Peano Prize; The Equation That Couldn’t Be Solved; Is God a Mathematician? (which was the basis for the 2016 Emmy-nominated NOVA program “The Great Math Mystery”); the national bestseller Brilliant Blunders;

Craig Matteson said A delightful, entertaining, and informative book.. Science, at its best, is a systematic and unrelenting search for understanding about reality. However, since it is conducted by human beings, the path to that understanding can take twists and turns and even the best scientists can get tripped up along the way. This book examines five of the greatest scientists of the past century and a half and how, despite t. Five Stars Amazon Customer A good example of what persistence and solitude can accomplish.. "Decent Read, Deceptive Title" according to Amazon Customer. I'm a big fan of non-fiction science books, and in particular, books about science history. This book is really very average. It lacks focus, discussing the works of various scientists, but there is little connection between the scientists chosen.More importantly, for a book entitled "Brilliant Blunders," the book really isn't about scientific blunders. The di

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