When Great Scientists Got It Wrong

25:53 minutes

In Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein, astrophysicist Mario Livio explores the colossal errors committed by scientific greats, from chemist Linus Pauling’s botched model of DNA, to Charles Darwin’s failure to understand genetics—the very mechanism of natural selection.

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Mario Livio

Mario Livio is an astrophysicist at the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, and the author of several books, including The Golden Ratio. He’s based in Baltimore.

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Brilliant Blunders

Were the theories of illustrious minds such as Linus Pauling and Albert Einstein free of serious blunders? Absolutely not!

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