Past Event

Columbia University Science & Engineering Libraries Presents: A Book Talk with Prof. Stuart Firestein

March 31, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Northwest Corner Building (Room #401), Columbia University, 550 West 120th St., New York

Failure: Why Science Is So Successful delves into the origins of scientific research as a process that relies upon trial and error, one which inevitably results in a hefty dose of failure. In fact, scientists throughout history have relied on failure to guide their research, viewing mistakes as a necessary part of the process. Citing both historical and contemporary examples, Firestein strips away the distorted view of science as infallible to provide the public with a rare, inside glimpse of the messy realities of the scientific process.

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