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

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  • Mario Livio
  • Author:  Mario Livio
  • Year: 22-04-2014
  • Translator from Еnglish: Rosen Lyutskanov
  • Availability:  In Stock
  • Product Code:  1308-01
  • SKU: 04.0033
  • ISBN: 978-619-152-295-8

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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 natural selection shouldn’t have worked, according to the prevailing beliefs of his time. Lord Kelvin gravely miscalculated the age of the earth. Linus Pauling, the world’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 “Big 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 universe—and that speculation opened the door to brilliant conceptual leaps. 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 scientists—and the mistakes as well as the achievements that made them famous.

About the Author

Mario Livio

Mario Livio

Mario Livio (born 1945) is an Israeli-American astrophysicist and an author of works that popularize science and mathematics. From 1991 till 2015 he was an astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Scienc... Read more

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Tags: Famous Scientists,Scientific Theories

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Year 22-04-2014
Translator from Еnglish: Rosen Lyutskanov
Pages 352
Size 140/215 мм
Weight 0.45 kg
Cover Type Paperback
Genre Famous Scientists, Scientific Theories

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