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The Resource Failure : why science is so successful, Stuart Firestein

Failure : why science is so successful, Stuart Firestein

Label
Failure : why science is so successful
Title
Failure
Title remainder
why science is so successful
Statement of responsibility
Stuart Firestein
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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 discoveries but almost never on process. It is further reinforced by politicians who pay for it and want to use it to determine policy and therefore want it right and, worst of all, sometimes by scientists who learn early on that talking too much about failures and not enough about successes can harm their careers. Failure, then, is a book that seeks to make science more appealing by exposing its faults. In this sequel to Ignorance, Stuart Firestein shows us that scientific enterprise is riddled with failures, and that this is not only necessary but good. Failure reveals how science got its start, when humans began to use a process-trial and error-as a kind of recipe that includes a hefty dose of failure. It gives the non-scientifically trained public an insider's view of how science is actually done, with the aim of making it accessible, comprehensible, and entertaining."--Publisher description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Firestein, Stuart
Dewey number
501
Index
index present
LC call number
BF575.F14
LC item number
F567 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Failure (Psychology)
  • Science
  • Discoveries in science
  • Discoveries in science
  • Failure (Psychology)
  • Science
Label
Failure : why science is so successful, Stuart Firestein
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Failing to define failure -- Fail better : advice from Samuel Beckett -- The scientific basis of failure -- The unreasonable success of failure -- The integrity of failure -- Teaching failure -- The arc of failure -- The scientific method of failure -- Failure in the clinic -- Negative results : how to love your data when it's wrong : negative results -- Philosopher of failure -- Funding failure -- Pharma failure -- A plurality of failures -- Coda
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
xi, 286 pages
Isbn
9780199390106
Lccn
2015009156
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • ocn905344193
  • (OCoLC)905344193
Label
Failure : why science is so successful, Stuart Firestein
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Failing to define failure -- Fail better : advice from Samuel Beckett -- The scientific basis of failure -- The unreasonable success of failure -- The integrity of failure -- Teaching failure -- The arc of failure -- The scientific method of failure -- Failure in the clinic -- Negative results : how to love your data when it's wrong : negative results -- Philosopher of failure -- Funding failure -- Pharma failure -- A plurality of failures -- Coda
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
xi, 286 pages
Isbn
9780199390106
Lccn
2015009156
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • ocn905344193
  • (OCoLC)905344193

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