How It Drives Science

Book - 2012
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"Contrary to the popular view of science as a mountainous accumulation of facts and data, Firestein takes the novel perspective that Ignorance is the main product and driving force of science, and that this is the best way to understand the process of scientific discovery"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780199828074
Branch Call Number: 501.9 FIR
Characteristics: viii, 195 pages ; 19 cm


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Oct 19, 2015

Well written, entertaining and enlightening. Great suggestions for attitude and advice in teaching science.

Aug 28, 2014

I personally did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. I've learned about it on a science podcasts about viruses TWIV, and podcast's hosts were really excited about the book and liked it a lot. I found it was written in a very difficult to get English, and maybe that is why I did not get the bug, because English is a third :) language for me.. .anyway, I found the title a bit deceptive, it is not about the ignorance the way it is most commonly perceived and generally book did not reveal much to me. I'm a scientists, so I knew most of the things book described anyway, because I know the system and rules of today science and was in it for more than 13 years already... The author himself was working in art industry before he turned to science at the age of 30 and you can really see his artistic side in the way he writes. Native English speakers might find this book more interesting, I had to consult my dictionary for unfamiliar words many many times while reading this book, and generaly I do not need to.

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