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Bad Ideas? By Robert Winston

Bad Ideas?
by Robert Winston

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We are born with the instinct to create and invent. Indeed our ability to do so is what separates we humans from the rest of the animal world. This title traces the fascinating history of our attempts at self-improvement but also questions their value.
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Bad Ideas?: An arresting history of our inventions by Robert Winston

We are born with the instinct to create and invent. Indeed our ability to do so is what separates we humans from the rest of the animal world. The moment man first converted a stone to a useful tool set him on a relentless path toward greater power over his environment. But have our creative ideas always produced desirable results in line with their original good intention? Have they really served us well? "Bad Ideas?" traces the fascinating history of our attempts at self-improvement but also questions their value. The dubious consequences of the development of weaponry, for example, is self-evident. But what of apparently more innocuous inventions such as farming, writing or medicine? All started off for the greater good but have since produced unforeseen fallout that continues to this day. What are their undesirable side-effects, when did they emerge and where will they take us in the future? Written against a huge historical canvas, we join Robert Winston on a thrilling journey from our earliest days to the present. We learn about the history of modern science, engineering, IT and much more. We meet the individuals who played a key role in their development, and share quirky anecdotes about their lives and brainwaves. Inspiring, unusual, and at times controversial, "Bad Ideas?" assesses the past and also looks forward to the opportunities and ethical challenges of the future. In so doing it celebrates man's extraordinary capacity for achievement whilst warning us that his good intentions can sometimes end up as thoroughly bad ideas.

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Bad Ideas? Reviews


"Robert Winston's Bad Ideas: An Arresting History of Our Inventions is a provocative inversion of traditional histories of scientific ingenuity ... by the end I realised that what Winston's own powerful and well-paced narration had opened my eyes to was the importance of the non-scientific being better informed. Stuffed with unusual gems, his history goes some way to achieving that; it also delivers a sober warning to scientists too eager to achieve glittering prizes." -- Christina Hardyment The Times 20100306 "With erudition and impeccable logic he traces the emergence of inventions through history and shows how they have developed, sometimes into monsters that threaten the survival of our species. His arguments are well presented and easily followed, while his conclusions are often as controversial as the inventions themselves." The Good Book Guide

About Robert Winston


Robert Winston is one of Britain's best-known scientists. As Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College, London, he is a leading voice in the debate on embryo research and genetic engineering. His television series include Child of Our Time, Human Instinct, and The Story of God which have made him a household name. He became a life peer in 1995.

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GOR002164680
Bad Ideas?: An arresting history of our inventions by Robert Winston
Robert Winston
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Transworld Publishers Ltd
2010-02-18
432
059306027X
9780593060278
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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