Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe

Speaker  Mario Livio

Affiliation  Space Telescope Science Institute

Host  Amy Draves

Duration  00:44:32

Date recorded  15 May 2013

We all make mistakes, because nobody is perfect—and that includes five of the greatest scientists in history: Darwin, Lord Kelvin, Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, and Einstein. But … their mistakes helped advance science—and science thrives on error, advancing when erroneous ideas are disproven. Mistakes in any discipline that is based on creative thinking and innovation are not only inevitable, they are an essential part of progress. Breakthroughs require the willingness to embrace risks and to accept errors as potential portals of discovery.

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