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Failure Why Science Is So Successful

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ISBN-10: 019939010X

ISBN-13: 9780199390106

Edition: 2015

Authors: Stuart Firestein

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The pursuit of science by professional scientists every day bears less and less resemblance to the perception of science by the general public. It is not the rule-based, methodical system for accumulating facts that dominates the public view. Rather it is the idiosyncratic, often bumbling search for understanding in mostly uncharted places. It is full of wrong turns, cul-de-sacs, mistaken identities, false findings, errors of fact and judgment--and the occasional remarkable success.The widespread but distorted view of science as infallible originates in an education system that teaches nothing but facts using very large, very frightening textbooks, and is spread by media that report on…    
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Book details

List price: $27.99
Copyright year: 2015
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/1/2015
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 282
Size: 7.09" wide x 5.12" long x 1.10" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Stuart Firestein is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University, where his highly popular course on ignorance invites working scientists to come talk to students each week about what they don't know. Dedicated to promoting science to a public audience, he serves as an advisor for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's program for the Public Understanding of Science and was awarded the 2011 Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award for excellence in scholarship and teaching.