When Science Goes Wrong: Twelve Tales from the Dark Side of Discovery by Former Associate Professor Simon LeVay (Microfilm, 2008)
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- DescriptionBrilliant scientific successes have helped shape our world, and are always celebrated. However, for every victory, there are doubt numerous little-kwn 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 t 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 tes, the greatest opportunity for table 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 hurricane, while later the storm hits, devastating southeast England.
- Igring signals of an imminent eruption, scientists decide to lead a party to hike into the crater of a dormant volca in Columbia, causing injury and death.
- Author BiographySimon LeVay is a British-born neuroscientist who has served on the faculties of Harvard Medical School and the Salk Institute. He is best known for his brain research and work on the biology of sexual orientation. LeVay is the author of Human Sexuality (with Sharon Valente) and The Sexual Brain, among other books. He has also written for Scientific American, New Scientist, and the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and has appeared on Oprah. LeVay lives in West Hollywood, CA.
- Author(s)Former Associate Professor Simon LeVay
- PublisherPenguin Putnam Inc
- Date of Publication01/04/2008
- SubjectScience: General & Reference
- Country of PublicationIndia
- Weight272 g
- Width135 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine20 mm
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