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Free Radicals

Michael Brooks

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ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-854-0
Trim Size: 5 1/4 x 8 1/2
hardcover
Overlook
4/26/12

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The thrilling exploration of the secret side of scientific discovery --proving that some rules were meant to be broken scientists have colluded in the most successful cover-up of modern times. They present themselves as cool, logical, and level-headed, when the truth is that they will do anything --take drugs, follow mystical visions, lie and even cheat --to make a discovery. They are often more interested in starting revolutions than in playing by the rules. In Free Radicals, bestselling author Michael Brooks reveals the extreme lengths some of our most celebrated scientists --such as Newton, Einstein, and Watson and Crick --are willing to go to, from fraud to reckless, unethical experiments, in order to make new discoveries and bring them to the world's attention.



Praise for Free Radicals:

"Not all scientists are nerds. In Free Radicals, physicist Michael Brooks tries to dispel the notion that scientists are stuffy, pen-protector-polishing bookworms."--Washington Post 
 "Insightful  . . .  a page-turning, unvarnished look at the all-too-human side of science."--Kirkus Reviews

"Mr. Brooks call for scientists to lift their heads and raise their voices while the rest of us ask hard questions and demand institutions that will bring more visionaries into play  . . .  Free Radicals presents a solid case."--New York Journal of Books

"Free Radicals illuminates the role of the irrational in science, the mistakes that make scientists human, and reveals that breakthroughs that change our lives in the most fundamental ways may have the most serendipitous origins."--Brain Pickings  

"[Free Radicals] goes a long way toward making scientists--and science--a lot more real to the public."--Science 2.0 

"Brooks raises intriguing questions about the value of peer review panels and ethics boards, while illuminating much of the gritty real work performed in ivory towers around the world."--Publishers Weekly

"A salutary reminder that scientists are as human and fallible as anyone else." --Daily Telegraph

"Fun to read. Brooks . . . capers through the exploits of scores of brilliant and often ruthless rogues." --Financial Times

"A call to arms . . . Not some idealistic crusade; it has important implications." --BBC



Michael Brooks, who holds a PhD in quantum physics, is an author, journalist, and broadcaster. He is a consultant at New Scientist, a weekly magazine with over three quarters of a million readers worldwide, has a biweekly column for the New Statesman, and is the author of the bestselling non-fiction title 13 Things That Don't Make Sense. His writing has also appeared in the Guardian, the Observer, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Playboy. He has lectured at New York University, The American Museum of Natural History, and Cambridge University. Visit michaelbrooks.org


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