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Brilliant Blunders

Presented by: Mario Livio (Space Telescope Science Institute)
Category: Education and Outreach   Duration: 2 hours   Broadcast date: December 03, 2013
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Even the greatest scientists have made some serious blunders. In his recent bestselling book, Dr. Livio analyzes major errors committed by such luminaries as Charles Darwin, Linus Pauling, and Albert Einstein. While scrutinizing the various types of mistakes, he also attempts to identify their causes. "Brilliant Blunders" concerns the evolution of life on Earth, of the Earth itself, of stars, and of the universe as a whole. Most importantly, however, this book shows that blunders are not only inevitable, ­they are an essential part of progress in science and other creative enterprises.