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Brilliant blunders : from Darwin to Einstein - colossal mistakes by great scientists that changed our understanding of life and the universe

Author: Mario Livio
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Simon & Schuster hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"Drawing on the lives of five great scientists -- Charles Darwin, William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle and Albert Einstein -- scientist/author Mario Livio shows how even the greatest scientists made major mistakes and how science built on these errors to achieve breakthroughs, especially into the evolution of life and the universe"--
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mario Livio
ISBN: 9781439192368 1439192367 1439192383 9781439192382
OCLC Number: 800024790
Description: 341 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Mistakes and blunders --
The origin --
Yea, all which I inherit, shall dissolve --
How old is the Earth? --
Certainty generally is illusion --
Interpreter of life --
Whose DNA is it anyway? --
B for big bang --
The same throughout eternity? --
The "biggest blunder" --
Out of empty space.
Responsibility: Mario Livio.
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