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When Science Goes Wrong: Twelve Tales from the Dark Side of Discovery by [LeVay, Simon]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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About the Author

Simon LeVay is a British-born neuroscientist who has served on the faculties of Harvard Medical School and the Salk Institute. He is best known for his brain research and work on the biology of sexual orientation. LeVay is the author of "Human Sexuality" (with Sharon Valente) and "The Sexual Brain," among other books. He has also written for "Scientific American, New Scientist," and the "Los Angeles Times Magazine," and has appeared on Oprah. LeVay lives in West Hollywood, CA.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 953 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Monday Books (21 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OYTT3M
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #188,052 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Well priced on the Kindle and worth a look. I liked the varied choice of topics and just the right amount of depth to each one. Even if you have a faint recollection of the 'headline' from the time there is plenty of information to keep you engaged. A good choice if you just feel like picking up something as a quick and easy read.
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I like the history of science particularly in the context of the contemporary setting how thinking has evolved. Health/safety/litigation has put paid to the scientific heroes and antiheroes in this book.
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The book would have better been called "When scientists and engineers go wrong" because the case histories given really feature men (and they are mostly men) whose egos drive them to 'succeed' by either ignoring the science, or by not really understanding it in the first case.
The book's chapters are well-written and laid out.
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Okay but not all the examples are exactly world events. For example one is the poor medical treatment of a single patient. Yes the doctor shouldn't have done the operation, but not exactly shocking. Some interesting stories but overall left me disappointed.
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writing style wasnt exactly to my liking but the concent was reasonable enough. Have read other book with similar themes which i found much more engaging and compeled to finish, this was a slight chore towards the end.
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A fascinating book. In a way slightly misnamed, in most cases its less the science that goes wrong than the people. Unethical behaviour, fraud, incompetence of simply illegal activity covers quite a lot of it.

Each chapter looks at a different area of science, starting off with an overview of the events, followed by a detailed investigation of the causes, and ending with the consequences and lessons learnt. Some are highly technical with apparently little practical effect (such as fraud concerning the finding of a new element), others kill hundreds (such as the failure of a dam), and some are simply gruesome (the meltdown in chapter 7 - and especially the search for the third man - rather stands out).

I read the whole thing in practically a single sitting - and my son loved it too
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