Free Radicals: The Secret Anarchy of Science

Free Radicals: The Secret Anarchy of Science

by Michael Brooks
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Free Radicals: The Secret Anarchy of Science by Michael Brooks

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468301717
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Publication date: 04/26/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 979,390
File size: 598 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael Brooks, who holds a PhD in quantum physics, is the author of Free Radicals and 13 Things that Don’t Make Sense. He is a consultant at New Scientist and has a biweekly column for New Statesman.

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Free Radicals: The Secret Anarchy of Science 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating look at the people behind the science .It shows how quickly being "right" equals forgiveness for any transgressions in achieving the result.