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Bad ideas? : an arresting history of our inventions

Author: Robert M L Winston
Publisher: London : Bantam, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"We are born with the instinct to create and invent. Indeed our ability to do so is what separates us from the rest of the animal world. The moment man first converted a stone to a useful tool set him on a relentless path towards greater power over his environment. But have our creative ideas always produced desirable results in line with their original good intention? Have they always served us well?" "Bad Ideas?  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert M L Winston
ISBN: 9780593060278 059306027X 9780593060285 0593060288
OCLC Number: 288985684
Description: xi, 417 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction. Too Clever by Half? --
1. Brightest Heaven of Invention --
2. Appetite for Destruction --
3. Grinding Existence --
4. Animal Farm --
5. Wild and Whirling Words --
6. Digital Communication --
7. Right Promethean Fire --
8. Sulphurous and Thought-executing Fires --
9. Oil that Maketh Man's Heart Glad --
10. Physician, Heal Thyself --
11. Genetics: Potent Art or Rough Magic? --
12. Scientists and Citizens: Twelve Aphorisms and a Manifesto.
Responsibility: Robert Winston.

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We are born with the instinct to create and invent. Indeed our ability to do so is what separates we humans from the rest of the animal world. This title traces the fascinating history of our  Read more...

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"Robert Winston's Bad Ideas: An Arresting History of Our Inventions is a provocative inversion of traditional histories of scientific ingenuity ... by the end I realised that what Winston's own Read more...

 
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