Bad Science

Bad Science

Language & Reference, Popular Science, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 02/04/2009
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Bad Science
Not sure it's the science that's bad here
This was recommended to me as I usually enjoy science/health titles. Sadly not this one. I don't think that there's a problem with with Ben's opinions as l... READ MORE
Laura Walsham
Bad Science
Illuminating read!
Measuring it out in glorious spades to the medical illiterati, Ben Goldacre takes a freshly critical and urgently needed look at the way science is used an... READ MORE
Jonathan Patel


Ben Goldacre’s wise and witty bestseller, shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, lifts the lid on quack doctors, flaky statistics, scaremongering journalists and evil pharmaceutical corporations.

Since 2003 Dr Ben Goldacre has been exposing dodgy medical data in his popular Guardian column. In this eye-opening book he takes on the MMR hoax and misleading cosmetics ads, acupuncture and homeopathy, vitamins and mankind’s vexed relationship with all manner of ‘toxins’. Along the way, the self-confessed ‘Johnny Ball cum Witchfinder General’ performs a successful detox on a Barbie doll, sees his dead cat become a certified nutritionist and probes the supposed medical qualifications of ‘Dr’ Gillian McKeith.

Full spleen and satire, Ben Goldacre takes us on a hilarious, invigorating and ultimately alarming journey through the bad science we are fed daily by hacks and quacks.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780007284870
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 280g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm

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Bad Science
An excellent read for layman and professional. Sometimes rather deep but this is required to (very) convincingly analyse the subject matter. Goldacre revea... READ MORE
Bad Science
Don't bother...
Along with some others, I had never read Goldacre's columns in the newspaper, nor had I read anything about him before. I was sort of 'forced' into reading... READ MORE
Bad Science
This is a surprisingly difficult book to review as on one hand Goldacre has a point in that much of the science coverage we get in the media is questionabl... READ MORE
Bad Science
Everyone should read this book. I did not think I was particularly gullible, however, it provides some compelling descriptions of how we might be taken in.... READ MORE
maria johnson
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Bad Science
Exceptionally clear and wide-eye opening! A must for all, because we're indeed the fools he's trying to wake up... And he does it with humour, sharpness, a... READ MORE
Smintheus Fellin
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Bad Science
It's all true! So very very true! Prepare to have your mind shocked wide open raaaaaaar!it is so very true. promise xx
vikram ostenzoko
Bad Science
Acid wit and relentless focus
I had not read ben's columns in the Guardian, nor had I visited his website before reading this book. I read it on a whim, and was rewarded for it. I found... READ MORE
Bad Science
Funny, informative and very shocking! Great book, I strongly reccommend it.
Chloe White
Bad Science
How Refreshing
I was persuaded to buy this book after reading Ben Goldacre's blog; the premise of this book is to teach the reader the principles of good science and reve... READ MORE
Bad Science
Informative, thought provoking & engaging: highly recommended
I have really enjoyed this book; Ben's conversational style and plethora of examples really brings this book to life and so not only have I learned a lot ... READ MORE
Kirsten McIntosh
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Good Science
Ben Goldacre takes well aimed swipes at nonsense such as brain gym, homeopathy, the MMR hoax and Gillian McKeith but the principle target of his ire is, qu... READ MORE
Eric Carter
Bad Science
Interesting and stimulating breakdown of flawed 'scientific' claims
Wonderful book that got me into popular science. Forensic but clear approach to evidence-based medicine. Useful for countering everyday 'scientific' views ... READ MORE
Michael Williams