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Yoav Freund

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  • The Secret Anarchy of Science: Free Radicals

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Brooks
    • Narrated By Matt Addis
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    This thrilling exploration of some of the greatest breakthroughs in science reveals the extreme lengths some scientists go to in order to make their theories public. Fraud, suppressing evidence, and unethical or reckless PR games are sometimes necessary to bring the best and most brilliant discoveries to the world's attention. Inspiration can come from the most unorthodox of places, and Brooks introduces us to Nobel laureates who get their ideas through drugs, dreams, and hallucinations. .

    Jacqui says: "Scientific Insights"
    "Sensationalist garbage"
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    What would have made The Secret Anarchy of Science: Free Radicals better?

    The main idea of this book is that science proceeds in erratic and unpredictable ways and is
    not the boring rational collection of nerds that is the perception in the common public.

    This is not a new idea, it has been written about by Kuhn's "the structure of scientific revolutions" (also available from Audible). My hope when selecting this book was that it will elaborate on Kuhn's work, and make it current, and maybe more digestible.

    My disappointment was profound. Not only is there no mention of Kuhn's work, but the
    level of the description is that of the gossip page. The only difference being that gossip
    pages rarely discuss scientists.

    Granted, many scientists are marginally insane, adulterers and thieves. Many find their inspiration in dreams or mystic beliefs. However, these tendencies are generally human
    and not specific to scientists. The scientific method has nothing to say about the sources
    of inspiration, it only speaks of the method by which new theories are verified. Experiments have to be devised that reject the current theory with high statistical significance and these
    experiments have to be repeatable by anybody with the resources to repeat the experiment.

    This book might be interesting for those who want the dirt on scientists. Others, stay away!


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