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  • Published: 1 June 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409094401
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 560
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Bad Ideas?

An arresting history of our inventions




From the axe to the internet - the hidden dangers of man's impulse to invent

We are born with the instinct to create and invent. Indeed, our ability to do so is what separates us from the rest of the animal world. But have our creative ideas always produced desirable results? Have they always served us well?

Bad Ideas? traces the fascinating history of our attempts at self-improvement but also questions their value. The dubious consequences of the development of weaponry, for example, is self-evident. But what of apparently more innocuous advances such as farming, writing and medicine? Science has produced huge good but has also had unforeseen consequences. Can science and scientists find solutions to the perils that now menace us?

We join Robert Winston on a thrilling journey from our earliest days to the present. We meet some key individuals along the way and share quirky anecdotes about their lives and brainwaves. Inspiring, unusual and at times controversial, Bad Ideas? assesses the past and looks forward to the opportunities of the future. In so doing it celebrates man's extraordinary capacity for achievement and offers a hopeful way forward to protect humanity against what sometimes seem like bad ideas.

  • Published: 1 June 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409094401
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 560
Categories:

About the author

Robert Winston

Lord Robert Winston is one of Britain's best-known scientists. As Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College, London, and an active researcher in reproductive physiology, he has made advances in fertility medicine and is a leading voice in the debate on embryo research and genetic engineering. His television series, which include Your Life in Their Hands, Making Babies, The Human Body, Child of Our Time, Human Instinct, The Story of God andA Child Against All Odds, have made him a household name. He became a life peer in 1995, and is the founder of the charity Women for Women.

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Praise for Bad Ideas?

With erudition and impeccable logic he traces the emergence of inventions through history ... His arguments are well presented and easily followed, while his conclusions are often as controversial as the inventions themselves.

The Good Book Guide

A provocative inversion of traditional histories of scientific ingenuity ... by the end I realised that what Winston's own powerful and well-paced narration had opened my eyes to was the importance of the non-scientific being better informed.

Christina Hardyment, The Times

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