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Fabulous Science By John Waller

Fabulous Science
by John Waller

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Shows that many of our greatest heroes of science were less than honest about their experimental data and not above using friends in high places to help get their ideas accepted. This book also reveals that the alleged revolutionaries of the history of science were often nothing of the sort.
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Fabulous Science: Fact and Fiction in the History of Scientific Discovery by John Waller

The great biologist Louis Pasteur suppressed 'awkward' data because it didn't support the case he was making. John Snow, the 'first epidemiologist' was doing nothing others had not done before. Gregor Mendel, the supposed 'founder of genetics' never grasped the fundamental principles of 'Mendelian' genetics. Joseph Lister's famously clean hospital wards were actually notorious dirty. And Einstein's general relativity was only 'confirmed' in 1919 because an eminent British scientist cooked his figures. These are just some of the revelations explored in this book. Drawing on current history of science scholarship, Fabulous Science shows that many of our greatest heroes of science were less than honest about their experimental data and not above using friends in high places to help get their ideas accepted. It also reveals that the alleged revolutionaries of the history of science were often nothing of the sort. Prodigiously able they may have been, but the epithet of the 'man before his time' usually obscures vital contributions made their unsung contemporaries and the intrinsic merits of ideas they overturned. These distortions of the historical record mostly arise from our tendency to read the present back into the past. But in many cases, scientists owe their immortality to a combination of astonishing effrontery and their skills as self-promoters.

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Fabulous Science Reviews


Review from previous edition Waller writes with clarity and flair . . . [he] has a real talent for telling a story. * Roy Porter *
Everyone with an interest in science should read this book. * Focus *
a great read * Nature *
Waller tells these stories well ... [his] examples are a valuable look sideways at the rolling juggernaut of modern science. * Martin Ince, New Scientist *

About John Waller


John C. Waller was born in England in 1972. He gained a 'double first' in Modern History at the University of Oxford and went on to take Masters degrees in Human Biology and the History of Science and Medicine. He completed his Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Science at University College London in 2001. He is now a Lecturer in the History of Medicine at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Table of Contents


PART 1: RIGHT FOR THE WRONG REASONS ; PART 2: TELLING SCIENCE AS IT WAS

Additional information

GOR009683923
Fabulous Science: Fact and Fiction in the History of Scientific Discovery by John Waller
John Waller
Used - Like New
Paperback
Oxford University Press
2004-03-25
320
0198609396
9780198609391
N/A
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