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Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein…

Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great… (2013)

by Mario Livio

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Irren ist menschlich! Aber dass auch die größten Wissenschaftler Irrtümern erliegen ist uns nicht sofort klar. In vier einzelnen Studien wird bei Darwin, Einstein und anderen nach Irrtümern gesucht und genau der Ablauf analysiert. Daraus lernt man, wie Denkfehler entstehen oder waren es bewusste Versuche die Theorie zu optimieren? Das Geniale ist aber, dass die Irrtümer manchmal durch spätere Fakten zu erstaunlichen Erkenntnissen führten. Das macht das wahre Genie aus. ( )
  heindl | Nov 20, 2018 |
Along this twisty path, we make mistakes: everything from subtle mistakes of understanding to clumsy analysis of data to just plain bone-headed errors of fact. Examples of all types are included in the astrophysicist Mario Livio's engaging "Brilliant Blunders," which explores slip-ups made by five of the greatest scientists since the Scientific Revolution.
He profiles five great scientists — Einstein, Charles Darwin, Lord Kelvin, Linus Pauling and Fred Hoyle — each of whom made major discoveries and major mistakes. All five put their chips down on the wrong number, even as others prevailed. Thanks to his deep curiosity, Livio turns “Brilliant Blunders” into a thoughtful meditation on the course of science itself.
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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"--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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