Start reading Bad Science on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available
 

Bad Science [Kindle Edition]

Ben Goldacre
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (684 customer reviews)

Print List Price: £8.99
Kindle Price: £3.79 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £5.20 (58%)
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £3.79  
Hardcover --  
Paperback £6.29  
Audio Download, Unabridged £17.50 or Free with Audible.co.uk 30-day free trial
Audio, CD, Audiobook, Unabridged £25.52  
Unknown Binding --  
Kindle Daily Deal
Kindle Daily Deal: Up to 70% off
Each day we unveil a new book deal at a specially discounted price--for that day only. Learn more about the Kindle Daily Deal or sign up for the Kindle Daily Deal Newsletter to receive free e-mail notifications about each day's deal.

Book Description

Ben Goldacre’s wise and witty bestseller, shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, lifts the lid on quack doctors, flaky statistics, scaremongering journalists and evil pharmaceutical corporations.

Since 2003 Dr Ben Goldacre has been exposing dodgy medical data in his popular Guardian column. In this eye-opening book he takes on the MMR hoax and misleading cosmetics ads, acupuncture and homeopathy, vitamins and mankind’s vexed relationship with all manner of ‘toxins’. Along the way, the self-confessed ‘Johnny Ball cum Witchfinder General’ performs a successful detox on a Barbie doll, sees his dead cat become a certified nutritionist and probes the supposed medical qualifications of ‘Dr’ Gillian McKeith.

Full spleen and satire, Ben Goldacre takes us on a hilarious, invigorating and ultimately alarming journey through the bad science we are fed daily by hacks and quacks.



Product Description

Review

‘From an expert with a mail-order PhD to debunking the myths of homeopathy, Ben Goldacre talking the reader through some notable cases and shows how to you don’t need a science degree to spot “bad science” yourself.’ Independent (Book of the Year)

‘His book aims to teach us better, in the hope that one day we write less nonsense.’ Daily Telegraph (Book of the Year)

‘For sheer savagery, the illusion-destroying, joyous attack on the self-regarding, know-nothing orthodoxies of the modern middle classes, “Bad Science” can not be beaten. You’ll laugh your head off, then throw all those expensive health foods in the bin.’ Trevor Philips, Observer (Book of the Year)

‘Unmissable…laying about himself in a froth of entirely justified indignation, Goldacre slams the mountebanks and bullshitters who misuse science. Few escape: drug companies, self-styled nutritionists, deluded researchers and journalists all get thoroughly duffed up. It is enormously enjoyable.’ The TImes (Book of the Year)

Review

`It is an important book and if you were to pick up just one non-fiction book this year you'd do well to make it this one.'

Product details


More About the Author

Ben Goldacre is a doctor and science writer who has written the ' Bad Science ' column in the Guardian since 2003. His work focuses on unpicking the evidence behind misleading claims from journalists, the pharmaceutical industry, alternative therapists, and government reports. He has made a number of documentaries for BBC Radio 4, and his book Bad Science reached Number One in the nonfiction charts, has sold over 500,000 copies, and is available in 22 countries.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
593 of 638 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly excellent 7 Oct. 2008
Format:Paperback
A thoroughly excellent book from a practising doctor and medical researcher, who is also one of the few science journalists to actually understand scientific method. He is nearly a lone voice in the media, exposing the astonishing journey of 'health news' from the pages of academic journals to the tabloids and broadsheets, without passing through a critical brain in between. Thus, on a daily basis, the papers produce "X CAUSES/CURES CANCER" stories, based on very shaky understanding of experiments done in a petri dish. Whilst these stories may give false hope or fear to thousands of people, which is bad enough, in the case of MMR, they actually caused harm. He also explains how and why science fails to explain itself clearly and loudly in the face of emotionally charged 'my son has autism due to MMR' stories.

Goldacre also lays bare the facts about such 'complementary' therapies such as Homeopathy and Nutritionism, which when stripped of the accolades given them in the media, are revealed to be little more than eccentric ideas which somehow have gained unquestioning credence in the popular mind, and even, perversely, created a deep-rooted suspicion of maninstream medicine which is now taken at face value.

I thoroughly recommend this book, especially for journalists, but it is also essential reading for scientists, doctors and anyone who finds their mouth flapping when trying to put their friends / family straight on why spending 100 quid on dipping their feet in water and watching it go brown is a spectacular waste of money.

Final thoughts - if this book demonstrates how bad science reporting is, what else is being reported badly that we should know about? Finance? Politics? Help!! Also, why is there no organisation with teeth that can bring people to account for irresponsible reporting? A free press is central to our world of course, but not a wild press, trampling all over everyone and everything without so much as a backward glance.
Was this review helpful to you?
112 of 121 people found the following review helpful
By Ms. R. L. A. Amelan VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I have been towing this book around with me for some weeks reading a chapter here and there. Sitting in cafes and other public venues, I have frightened passers-by with my screams of laughter at Goldacre's entertaining prose which can make some fairly dry topics not only accessible but downright funny.

I feel that I have a genuine reason for reviewing this book because I am a nurse working in clinical audit and know only too well how easy it is to manipulate statistics to mean exactly what you want. I have thus recommended this to more than one doctor about to embark on audit as a useful insight into the subject.

Frankly, I learned loads from this volume, which actually frightens me because I thought that I had a passing grasp of the power of stats. As a result, I now treat the information that comes up on my pivot tables and graphs with a new respect and query it much more closely.

My favourite part of the book has to be about Goldacre's handling of Gillian McKeith, the food guru (or whatever she is). His handling of her lack of bioscientific knowledge was excellent and made me smile. What I particularly liked was his correct explanations of the science behind the facts. There is something very elegant and beautiful about true science and he brought this out to perfection. He is clearly a great enthusiast and, at the end of the book, he recommends people to adopt a greater spirit of enquiry into the subject. Go for it!

Initially, I, like many, had thought that Mr. Goldacre would just debunk alternative therapies but I was in for a surprise. His comments on mainstream scientific research were illuminating and I must say that I had not realised that responsible minds could skew things this much - through both good intention and mendacity.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This book has received a lot of reviews and they are in the main supportive of the fact that critical scientific review seems to be too hard for many to do correctly.

We need a free press, we need business to support product development. But as Ben goes to great lengths to show, there is a lot of poor reporting and a lot of mal-practice out there.

Alas when Ben asks about methods used for various claims, it appears that many do not want to do the science properly. Either because they won't sell their product or they need to fill column inches in the media (or are just incompetent).

Ben's website, mentioned in the book, has many anecdotes going back many years and is a great accompaniment to the book. It is worth looking there as well.

Ben is a five star beacon of reason in the fog of miscommunication - this book says why.

I may get shouted at, but only four stars because I think at times the same point (lack of scientific method) is repeated quite a lot. We know about the views on MRSA, MMR and nutritionists - we do get it!

This will appeal to non-scientists as well, just to make you think about reading claims in the media before making a purchase or making you mind up on important science matters.
Was this review helpful to you?
216 of 235 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book but poor Kindle version 17 Jan. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I would support all the positive comments made by other reviewers of the book itself. However, I feel very short-changed by Amazon over the Kindle edition. If they want to charge more for the Kindle edition (which can't be lent to a friend or donated to Oxfam) than the paperback version, they surely need to do a tiny bit of copy-editing, rather than dumping the OCRed version on their site as if it were a Project Gutenberg freebie. Most pages of this book had one of two simple typesetting errors that could have been corrected with about 30 minutes of a copy-editor's time: "soft" hyphens, which presumably occur at the ends of lines in the print edition, are retained in the mid-dle (sic) of words on the line; conversely, spaces between words areomitted (sic), which presumably reflects line breaks in the print edition. After a while, this annoyance becomes exasperating. To add a final twist, one cross-reference in the text retained its print format, as a reference to a page number in the regular book, utterly meaningless in the Kindle edition.

Come on Amazon! Kindle is a neat bit of technology, but the quality of Kindle editions needs at least to match that of the published book if you're going to charge bookshop prices, or you'll lose your customers.
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very funny
Published 7 days ago by Mr E Middleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Pseudoscience: The enemy of everything
I great gift to give to anyone who exhibits signs of Woo...
Published 10 days ago by Doctor_Nev
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read for everyone
Published 10 days ago by clay
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading
This is essential reading for anyyone who wants to have a clear understanding of everything that impacts on everyday life. Read more
Published 11 days ago by David John
4.0 out of 5 stars Well and lightly written - generally does well in explaining ...
Well and lightly written - generally does well in explaining validity issues in research in most places but sometimes - despite a lifetime as a working academic- I didn't quite... Read more
Published 15 days ago by colin keenan
5.0 out of 5 stars How to upset your quacks, in style.
I really wish he'd been my science teacher, and maths teacher come to that. You really don't need any special skills to start with this book, it unfolds in a very measured way and... Read more
Published 15 days ago by RealWorldMusician
4.0 out of 5 stars An informative read and gives an insight into the "pseudo ...
An informative read and gives an insight into the "pseudo science" techniques used to "fool" the general public and more importantly health professionals. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Mr. A. Leake
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opening
This book is amazing, everyone needs to read it! The only way to solve the problems outlined in this book is to educate the general public, and this book does a great job of that. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Faye
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book for dispelling a lot of the hippy pseudo science of today.
Published 19 days ago by Mr. Gareth Horton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Great read - I really enjoyed the book!
Published 24 days ago by Fiellabella
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
See all 4 discussions...  
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
   


Look for similar items by category