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Ignorance

How It Drives Science

By Stuart Firestein
15-minute read
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Ignorance: How It Drives Science by Stuart Firestein

Ignorance investigates the strengths and weaknesses of the scientific method and reveals the importance of asking the right questions over the discovery of simple facts. Using real-life examples from history, Ignorance shows that it is our awareness of what we don’t know that drives scientific discovery.

  • Anyone considering working in a laboratory or research facility
  • Anyone who wants to know how a scientist’s mind works
  • Anyone interested in the history of knowledge

Stuart Firestein is the head of the Department of Biology at Columbia University, where his laboratory is investigating the mammalian olfactory system. In addition, Firestein was the recipient in 2011 of the Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award for excellence in scholarship and teaching.

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