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

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

Mario Livio


WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES. Nobody’s ideal. no longer even the various maximum geniuses in heritage, as Mario Livio tells us during this awesome tale of clinical blunders and breakthrough.

Charles Darwin, William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, and Albert Einstein have been all really good scientists. every one made groundbreaking contributions to his field—but every one additionally stumbled badly. Darwin’s thought of usual choice shouldn’t have labored, in accordance with the existing ideals of his time. now not till Gregor Mendel’s paintings was once recognized might there be a mechanism to provide an explanation for typical choice. How might Darwin be either mistaken and correct? Lord Kelvin, Britain’s top medical mind on the time, gravely miscalculated the age of the earth. Linus Pauling, the world’s best chemist (who might win the Nobel Prize in chemistry) developed an faulty version for DNA in his haste to overcome the contest to booklet. Astrophysicist Fred Hoyle disregarded the assumption of a “Big Bang” beginning to the universe (ironically, the caustic identify he gave to this occasion persevered lengthy after his faulty objections have been disproven). And Albert Einstein, whose identify is synonymous with genius, speculated incorrectly concerning the forces that carry the universe in equilibrium—and that hypothesis opened the door to fantastic conceptual leaps. those 5 scientists extended our wisdom of lifestyles on the earth, the evolution of the earth itself, and the evolution of the universe, regardless of and due to their error. As Mario Livio luminously explains, the medical strategy advances via errors. errors are necessary to development.

Brilliant Blunders is a novel journey throughout the international of technology and medical achievement—and a perfectly insightful exam of the psychology of 5 interesting scientists.

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