Free Radicals

Free Radicals In Free Radicals bestselling author Michael Brooks reveals the extreme lengths some of our most celebrated scientists are willing to go to from fraud and suppressing evidence to reckless unethical

  • Title: Free Radicals
  • Author: Michael Brooks
  • ISBN: 9781846684050
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Free Radicals, bestselling author Michael Brooks reveals the extreme lengths some of our most celebrated scientists are willing to go to, from fraud and suppressing evidence to reckless, unethical experiments, in order to make new discoveries and bring them to the world s attention P 4 of cover.

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    1. I enjoyed this book. The author discusses the way that science is ACTUALLY conducted. Gone are the white coats and the methodical approach replete with orderly trial and error. Instead we have stories of top academics ingesting psychoactive drugs, fist fighting in hospital hallways, and experimenting on themselves when they cannot get permission to test their theories on others. The author shares these stories in the hopes that the public will see that true innovation comes at the price of messi [...]

    2. " I do not think that word means what you think it means". While the premise is interesting - scientists are human too, but science has missold itself as somehow a more perfect way - few if any of the example scientists Brooks cites as 'anarchists' were anything of the sort. He uses the term 'anarchist' to loosely collect together young people in the 70s who dabbled in LSD, scheming Renaissance italians, doctors who experimented on themselves, people who had flashes of inspiration, feuding scien [...]

    3. Although this book had a fair number of interesting tidbits of information, the way it was written annoyed me. First of all, to quote my husband, the author "uses the term anarchy the way the Smurfs use the word smurf" so that it kind of lost meaning. He used anarchy to mean not following protocol, just plain being mean, and so on. One of my major complaints about this book is how the author stressed how a lot of ideas "just came to" the scientists as a result of dreams, drug use or almost magic [...]

    4. Eigentlich dreieinhalb Punkte, hier fehlen sie mir ausnahmsweise mal. Nach oben gerundet, weil ich doch viele Stellen zur Weiterverwendung markiert habe.

    5. One of the best quotes:"If we want more scientific progress, we need to release more rebels, more outlaws, more anarchists. The time has come to celebrate the anarchy, not conceal it."--from epilogue, pg. 260

    6. The original title of this book was ‘Free Radicals’ so the ‘Anarchy’ shouldn’t be taken seriously. Doubtless via hasty editing, some supposedly ‘anarchic’ behaviours, such as belonging to a North American labour union, clearly are not.Still, the book has a point. Some scientists insist we follow, or should follow, ‘the’ scientific method even though they can’t say what it is. Experiments, for example, are not vital to all sciences, such as astronomy. The book gives deserved m [...]

    7. One of the best books I have read in a while. There is no need to have a firm understanding of science to enjoy this book. Sometimes sensational but always entertaining, Brooks take on the scientific community is thoughtful and necessary. I highly recommend this book to anyone even remotely interested in the history of science, how ego affects science, how drugs helped some scientists make discoveries, or why we we make our kids hate science and promote sports culture (this last point is in epil [...]

    8. An enjoyable peak into the politics of science they don't tell you about at school or at university. Apparently the world of scientists is not a noble as they would have us believe. This book is an interesting read full of great statistics, stories and anecdotes that you wouldn't have thought scientists would be capable of. It also confirms what i have begun to suspect recently, that scientists don't really play by the rules they're supposed to at all which is kind of funny given that they inven [...]

    9. I have not read this book yet. Brainpickings reviewed it though. Sounds interesting: brainpickings/index

    10. I cannot think of anything more destructive, today, than a "pseudo-accomplished" physicist who authors a book under the guise of relaying scientific knowledge to the public in confidence of helping those understand scientific concepts whilst using nonscientific language, but, however instead, relies solely on false descriptions and linguistic manipulations that have unquestionably been exhumed from the outskirts of scientific integrity. I suppose one or two examples are in order.From the text:"I [...]

    11. Through our education we build picture on how things happen. After reading this book, Free Radicals, one may change the picture, things or solutions are coming in one, slightly, different way. Michael Brooks has stile that makes reading exciting.

    12. Unfortunately, scientists and researchers are people who have egos and a tendency to stick with the status quo. This book explores how science can be held back for by the very people whose job it is to lead us into the future. Very insightful.

    13. Interesting history behind some discoveries but he seems to be saying and in fact advocating that all scientific progress is based on flawed data filtered to prove someone's theory. Climate change deniers would have a field day with this book.

    14. Rather good, to be honest, not flawless. Some really frustrating inconsistencies diminish the case the author builds, nevertheless he delivers. Very enjoyable anecdotes and the specific skeletons, once closeted, have room enough to dance along these pages. Be warned that science is a nebulous concept in these pages, it does not always mean the method (predictability, records etc.) nor individuals.An example of failure is using the frequency of publication as a standard to defend Mr. Sagan, whils [...]

    15. Reading this was a very strange experience. The opening two or three chapters really irritated me with the extent to which the author spouted inaccuracy and hypocrisy, and focussed on random 'inspiration' as being most important in science (when in truth 99% of it is hard work and experimentation) and criticised the 'cherry-picking' of researchers choosing data that backs up their argument, ignoring evidence which doesn't - the author himself cherry-picking a number of examples to back up his as [...]

    16. Sajnos csalódtam a könyvben, mert többet vártam tőle. Valódi anarchiát vártam, nem pedig csak lázadásokat és szabályszegéseket. A tudomány anarchiáját, nem a tudósét. Valódi anarchiát, nem csak a szó 1001 ismétlését a kötetben.A leírtak többsége nem volt újdonság számomra, így talán ez is hozzájárult ahhoz, hogy leminősítsem a könyvet.Michael Brooks egyes fejtegetéseivel és álláspontjával nem tudok maradéktalanul egyetérteni. Valamint a kötet felép [...]

    17. Cuando adquirí el libro pensé que sería el repositorio de una serie de anécdotas interesantes, incluso hasta divertidas, de las situaciones por las que han pasado grandes mentes para hacer sus inventos y descubrimientos. Pero Brooks toma esas situaciones como pie para mostrarnos de una manera legible lo humanos que los científicos pueden llegar a ser. Ver lo imperfectos, anacrónicos, y suertudos, pero también lo agresivos, impulsivos y ególatras que pueden ser. La ciencia no es una rama [...]

    18. I enjoyed this non-fiction book. It took a look at scientists to show that they are not mindless robots, but emotional human beings capable of breaking the rules.This goes through how IVF broke taboos, how a heart surgeon performed surgery on himself as he couldn't find volunteers, how the scientific establishment ignored facts and data, and the "normal misbehaviours" that scientists do every day. As a former scientist (and not a very good one) I especially understood the normal misbehaviours.Th [...]

    19. I'm not sure that everyone would rate this one five stars, but I found Michael Brook's arguments eloquent and convincing. This book highlights the importance of being open minded to new knowledge and ideas in a world where the historical or political context might not necessarily support them. Through examples like Copernicus' theory of the earth moving around the sun (and not the other way round), and the environmental calamity caused by CFCs in the 70s and 80s, the importance of overcoming ign [...]

    20. amazon review: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, best [...]

    21. Science as a profession is many things: creative, inventive, scholarly. But one thing it is not is impartial and impersonal. In Free Radicals, Michael Brooks makes the case that some of the most influential minds in human history behaved with unglamorous, human depravity: cheats, frauds, back-stabbers, anarchists. Perhaps that's a bit extreme, but those who stand out were definitely those who cut against the grain. It's pretty fascinating to read this little biographical vignettes about some fol [...]

    22. A really eye-opening insight into the modus operandi of modern scientist and how they interact with science. This book, though definitely not watered down, is never too dense to properly understand, even with a very basic understanding of science. Michael Brooks uses several interesting examples to illustrate each of his points (anarchy of scientists etc.), but what I found most interesting was each of the examples themselves- I learned a lot of things about both science and scientists while jus [...]

    23. This book won't be for everyone, and will no doubt have already pissed off several scientists. The content isn't thrilling but you're left with a new angle on the science world; a take that's less science-y and more human-y. So that said, you don't need to be experienced in the fields of science to get something out of it.The books highlights the artistic side of science, and that the rules of a 'fair test' we all had to recite over and over to pass school exams, aren't as important as we'd thin [...]

    24. Machiavelli would be proud.This was very entertaining. Scientists are human, and they sometimes behave badly. I especially liked the story of the discovery of H. Pylori, the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers. (That story included the grossest true event that I've ever read.) The political infighting and backstabbing in academia is no better than what we deal with in the private sector.This book is not science -- it's a series of narrative insights into scientists. It's not overly technical. It [...]

    25. Quite an interesting read, it's refreshing to know that some of the most intelligent people in the world are still quintessentially normal human beings. The book is written well and I never found myself getting bored, which is more than can be said for some other books in the popular science genre. Readers new to science should have no problem with this book as few complex concepts are discussed in detail. The primary focus is on the minds of scientists behind the discoveries, the 'secret anarch [...]

    26. I get what this book is trying to say by how bureaucracy and human flaw impedes knowledge and inspiration for answers to difficult questions, whether it be extremely technical or just inspiration for unlocking answers can come from things such as the unconscious, drug use, and a non-formal education it still doesn't address if structuring knowledge is a truly useless endeavor. Would like to do more extensive reading to understand why Feyreband's brand of epistemological anarchism was so controve [...]

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