- Tapa dura: 304 páginas
- Editor: OUP USA (26 de noviembre de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 019939010X
- ISBN-13: 978-0199390106
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Failure: Why Science Is so Successful (Inglés) Tapa dura – 26 nov 2015
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Energetic a close examination of how repeated failure refines problems, clarifying the way forward. (Barbara Kiser, Nature)
A breath of contemplative fresh air. (New York Times Book Review)
Engaging book ... his colloquial style ... is easy to read (Mark Greener, Fortean Times)
This book will certainly make for an interesting read for scientists ... but Failure might also be of interest to non-scientists (Katrina Kramer, Chemistry World)
The book is very engaging and witty at times (Network Review)
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The pursuit of science by professional scientists every day bears less and less resemblance to the perception of science by the general public. It is not the rule-based, methodical system for accumulating facts that dominates the public view. Rather it is the idiosyncratic, often bumbling search for understanding in mostly uncharted places. It is full of wrong turns, cul-de-sacs, mistaken identities, false findings, errors of fact and judgment―and the occasional remarkable success.
The widespread but distorted view of science as infallible originates in an education system that teaches nothing but facts using very large, very frightening textbooks, and is spread by media that report on discoveries but almost never on process. It is further reinforced by politicians who "pay for it" and want to use it to determine policy and therefore want it "right" and, worst of all, sometimes by scientists who learn early on that talking too much about failures and not enough about successes can harm their careers. Failure, then, is a book that seeks to make science more appealing by exposing its faults. In this sequel to Ignorance, Stuart Firestein shows us that scientific enterprise is riddled with failures, and that this is not only necessary but good.
Failure reveals how science got its start, when humans began to use a process―trial and error―as a kind of recipe that includes a hefty dose of failure. It gives the non-scientifically trained public an insider's view of how science is actually done, with the aim of making it accessible, comprehensible, and entertaining.
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As Firestein himself points out a few times, Failure is a less unified read than Ignorance.
But don't let that deter you. This book is at least as important as his earlier one because Failure is at least as central to scientific life as ignorance and probably even less understood.
His conclusions ring even more true in my own fields of peace studies and political science. As he points out, one almost never follows the canons of the so called scientific method. That's probably a good thing because there is a lot of stumbling around searching for answers and going down blind alleys whether you are a scholar or a practitioner or both as I am.
For those of us in the applied social sciences, his lessons about failure are probably even more important than they are in the biological and other "hard" scientific world Firestein inhabits. Among peacebuilders, we often utter words like "fail early" and "fail well," but we don't really believe it because our funders have so far been unwilling to support projects that don't have a huge a priori likelihood of success. We may write about our failures (e.g. The Arab-Israeli peace process), but we rarely do so in a way that serves as a springboard for improving our work, though my own organization, the Alliance for Peacebuilding, is spearheading an effort to enhance the way we evaluate and learn from our work.
This would have been a remarkable read even if it were as dull as the books most of us academics write.
Luckily, it's not. Firestein's self-deprecating sense of humor permeates each chapter.
In short, a wonderful book that is already on the "to read" piles of my academic and activist colleagues.