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When Science Goes Wrong von [LeVay, Simon]
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Experimental brain surgery goes horribly awry; a dam fails catastrophically; a geologist leads an ill-equipped party to its doom in the mouth of an active volcano: these are the amazing and sometimes horrific stories of technical errors and scientific mistakes that LeVay (The Sexual Brain) relates. Some, like the case of the British meteorologist who failed to predict a hurricane that killed 18 people, seem due to arrogance. Others—the loss of a costly spacecraft, a criminal conviction based on inaccurate DNA analysis, multiple deaths after an accidental release of anthrax—are the result of ordinary human error. Some incidents may well have been deliberate, such as a nuclear reactor error that was possibly the result of a love triangle gone bad, or the data falsified by a physicist seeking fame as the discoverer of a new element. LeVay surveys a range of fields, offering several reasons why things go wrong and noting that for every brilliant scientific success, there are a dozen failures. Readers curious about particularly notorious cases will find LeVay's book both entertaining and thought provoking. (Mar. 25)
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Brilliant scientific successes have helped shape our world, and are always celebrated. However, for every victory, there are no doubt numerous little-known blunders. Neuroscientist Simon LeVay brings together a collection of fascinating, yet shocking, stories of failure from recent scientific history in When Science Goes Wrong.

From the fields of forensics and microbiology to nuclear physics and meteorology, in When Science Goes Wrong LeVay shares twelve true essays illustrating a variety of ways in which the scientific process can go awry. Failures, disasters and other negative outcomes of science can result not only from bad luck, but from causes including failure to follow appropriate procedures and heed warnings, ethical breaches, quick pressure to obtain results, and even fraud. Often, as LeVay notes, the greatest opportunity for notable mishaps occurs when science serves human ends. LeVay shares these examples:

  • To counteract the onslaught of Parkinson’s disease, a patient undergoes cutting-edge brain surgery using fetal transplants, and is later found to have hair and cartilage growing inside his brain.

  • In 1999, NASA’s Mars Climate Orbiter spacecraft is lost due to an error in calculation, only months after the agency adopts a policy of “Faster, Better, Cheaper.”

  • Britain’s Bracknell weather forecasting team predicts two possible outcomes for a potentially violent system, but is pressured into releasing a ‘milder’ forecast. The BBC’s top weatherman reports there is “no hurricane”, while later the storm hits, devastating southeast England.

  • Ignoring signals of an imminent eruption, scientists decide to lead a party to hike into the crater of a dormant volcano in Columbia, causing injury and death.

When Science Goes Wrong provides a compelling glimpse into human ambition in scientific pursuit.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 716 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 308 Seiten
  • Verlag: Plume (25. März 2008)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B001AYCDIC
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating read 15. Mai 2013
Von K. Birtwell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is a compendium of all the horror shows in science that have been covered by the press and just plain covered up. Each story is more fascinating than the next. I've bought two copies!
4.0 von 5 Sternen Four Stars 28. Oktober 2014
Von Jennie Simpson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Very well researched, informative and entertaining.
1 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
4.0 von 5 Sternen My growing reading list from "The Daily Show" 8. Mai 2008
Von Jennifer Mossholder - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It seems like the majority of books I am reading these days are authors who are on "The Daily Show". I really enjoyed this book. I usually read fiction but these vignettes are so surreal that it is hard to believe they actually happened.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A good book to read 4. Mai 2008
Von Romar N - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It's a type of book that keep you saying "That really happen". A good buy.
4.0 von 5 Sternen A interesting critique on failures but the title is misleading 13. Dezember 2012
Von Matthew Dovell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book has some good case studies of various incidents however in all due respect it might be a stretch to imply that this is science going wrong. More importantly it is the actions of individuals or groups collectively (group think) that had blinders on that never thought "What if" during their implementation.

The old saying of "Expect the unexpected" can be illustrated within the conclusion which is small but pretty much provides a good solid end to the book. I rather not going into detail about the case studies because that alone would give away too much of the book. Some of these incidents might be known depending on how much you read. Personally I knew about the nuclear one and the NASA one but that was about it.

In all honesty the last incident I had to skip over because the author pretty much made his point to the point where any further examples would be redundant. I would recommend the book as it shows you do have to reframe different perspectives to keep design and implementation in a safe way.
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