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  • Ignorance: How It Drives Science  | Stuart Firestein

    Ignorance: How It Drives Science 

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stuart Firestein
    • Narrated By David Copelin
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    Knowledge is a big subject, says Stuart Firestein, but ignorance is a bigger one. And it is ignorance - not knowledge - that is the true engine of science. Most of us have a false impression of science as a surefire, deliberate, step-by-step method for finding things out and getting things done. In fact, says Firestein, more often than not, science is like looking for a black cat in a dark room, and there may not be a cat in the room.

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  • Failure: Why Science Is so Successful | Stuart Firestein

    Failure: Why Science Is so Successful

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stuart Firestein
    • Narrated By Stephen Paul Aulridge, Jr.
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    In his sequel to Ignorance (Oxford University Press, 2012), Stuart Firestein shows us that the scientific enterprise is riddled with mistakes and errors - and that this is a good thing! Failure: Why Science Is So Successful delves into the origins of scientific research as a process that relies upon trial and error, one which inevitably results in a hefty dose of failure. In fact, scientists throughout history have relied on failure to guide their research, viewing mistakes as a necessary part of the process.

    skeeterbait says: "Challenges me daily"
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