In his new book "Ignorance," neuroscientist Stuart Firestein argues that science is less about an accumulation of facts and more about embracing what we don't know. Using case histories on topics ranging from astronomy to psychology, Firestein demonstrates how discoveries often arise from cultivated, high-quality ignorance.
'Ignorance: How It Drives Science'
This article is more than 9 years old.
Stuart Firestein, author, professor and chair for the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University