The Secret Anarchy of Science: Free Radicals

 

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The Secret Anarchy of Science: Free Radicals


by Michael Brooks (Author)

 

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ISBN: 9781846684067

 

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For more than a century, science has cultivated a sober public image for itself. This exploration of some of the greatest breakthroughs in science reveals the extreme lengths some scientists go to in order to make their theories public. To succeed, knowledge must be pursued by any means: in science, anything goes.


For more than a century, science has cultivated a sober public image for itself. But as bestselling author Michael Brooks explains, the truth is very different: many of our most successful scientists have more in common with libertines than librarians. 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. Science is a highly competitive and ruthless discipline, and only its most determined and passionate practitioners make headlines - and history. To succeed, knowledge must be pursued by any means: in science, anything goes. 'Brooks is an exemplary science writer' William Leith, Daily Telegraph


 

ISBN 1846684064
ISBN13 9781846684067
Publisher Profile Books Ltd
Format Paperback
Publication date 07/06/2012
Pages 320
Weight (grammes) 269
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 198
Width (mm) 130