We are constantly bombarded with inaccurate, contradictory and sometimes misleading information - until now.
Ben Goldacre masterfully dismantles the dubious science behind some of the great drug trials, court cases, and missed opportunities of our time. He also shows us the fascinating story of how we know what we know, and gives us the tools to uncover bad science for ourselves.
©2008 Ben Goldacre (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd
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"A fascinating lesson in common sense"
This is a truly entertaining and enlightening book. You will learn that the media pulls the wool over our eyes even more than you thought they did and you'll find every epidemic, world threat and media scare much less stressful thanks to this new view of the world.
Highly recommend this book to everyone that is remotely interested in science (it has some parts that require your committed attention).
"Witty and relevant"
This critique of modern science, journalism cuts to the core of what is wrong with how society perceives science. It goes one step further by giving the tools on how to combat the misleading headlines and miracle cures. A great read for anyone. but particularly useful for those currently studying the sciences.
"A great audiobook detailing the failings in proper scientific studies that I am sure still exists today."
A highly engrossing listen with an entertaining performer who does his best to mimic the various accents of the people mentioned in the book. The only complaint I would have is with the audio balancing, as listening to it on my iPhone (which doesn't have a great speaker to begin with anyway) results in the reader's "esses" becoming quite high-pitched and somewhat jarring much akin to nails on a blackboard. Fortunately, the issue is averted using earphones, but I would still regard that as a small setback in what should be and is an absolute recommendation.
I didn't manage to get further than about 1/2 hour into this book. The subject matter is very interesting, but the guy reading it is so smug and arrogant sounding. His style really didn't agree with me and ruined the listening experience.
A fantastically adept dissection of the ridiculous "scientific" techniques and claims of pseudoscience purveyors in the areas of "natural medicine", anti-vaxers, and people who just don't understand how numbers and statistics work.
I would certainly buy another book by Ben Goldacre.
a good explanation of the scientific method. I was amused by the way that he cherry picked some of the charcters he wished to criticise and then "over interpreted the data" to conclude "they are all like that". If anyone was daft enough to read the newspapers and believe that Vit C will cure XYZ then this book should open their eyes. We all need to look at the original data - but after that it is a matter of personal experince and interpretation.
"It's not me it's them."
A voice of reason when all around me are buying magic potions, miracle cures and spouting facts that sound like utter bollocks. Thank you Ben goldsmith. I was starting to think I was the mad one not them.
"Bad Science = Bad Book"
If you are the sort of person that is closed minded, then this is the book for you. I found myself drifting off constantly (similar to when a office/workplace "know-all" gets going). I have no idea how this book was so popular but suspect it will be interesting to people that like to have their own cynicism confirmed. I'm fairly sure this book could be debunked by a similarly smarmy author.
Maybe, but not on this subject
Not sure, he reads the book in a way that 'he knows better' and it is a little irritating
This should be required reading for everyone, especially in PSHE lessons at school enough said.
"Clear & easy to understand"
I was able to follow the excellent explanations of even quite complex science, the writing is clear, passionate and entertaining. I'm appalled and reassured in equal measure.
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