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The Genius of Getting It Wrong

by Bill Hayes

In The Genius of Getting It Wrong for the New York Times Book Review, Carl Zimmer reviews Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein – Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe by Mario Livio.

He profiles five great scientists — Einstein, Charles Darwin, Lord Kelvin, Linus Pauling and Fred Hoyle — each of whom made major discoveries and major mistakes. All five put their chips down on the wrong number, even as others prevailed. Thanks to his deep curiosity, Livio turns “Brilliant Blunders” into a thoughtful meditation on the course of science itself. [more]