|aBrilliant blunders|bfrom Darwin to Einstein - colossal mistakes by great scientists that changed our understanding of life and the universe|cMario Livio.
|a1st Simon & Schuster trade pbk. ed.
|aNew York|bSimon & Schuster Paperbacks|c2014.
|a341 p.|bill.|c22 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. -323) and index.
|aMistakes and blunders -- The origin -- Yea, all which I inherit, shall dissolve -- How old is the Earth? -- Certainty generally is illusion -- Interpreter of life -- Whose DNA is it anyway? -- B for big bang -- The same throughout eternity? -- The "biggest blunder" -- Out of empty space.
|a"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"--|cProvided by publisher.
內容簡介top Brilliant Blunders 簡介 Drawing on the lives of five great scientists, this cholarly, 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 fieldsut each also stumbled badly. Darwin theory of natural selection shouldn have worked, according to the prevailing beliefs of his time. Lord Kelvin gravely miscalculated the age of the earth. Linus Pauling, the world 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 ig Bang?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 universend that speculation opened the door to brilliant conceptual leaps. As Mario Livio luminously explains in this houghtful 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. houghtful, well-researched, and beautifully written?(The Washington Post), Brilliant Blunders is a wonderfully insightful examination of the psychology of five fascinating scientistsnd the mistakes as well as the achievements that made them famous.