Bad Science

Bad Science

By Ben Goldacre

  • Release Date : 2008-12-07
  • Genre : Science & Nature
  • FIle Size : 1.70 MB
Score: 4.5
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Bad Science Full of spleen, this will be a hilarious, invigorating and informative journey through the world of Bad Science.

When Dr Ben Goldacre saw someone on daytime TV dipping her feet in an 'Aqua Detox' footbath, releasing her toxins into the water, turning it brown, he thought he'd try the same at home. 'Like some kind of Johnny Ball cum Witchfinder General', using his girlfriend's Barbie doll, he gently passed an electrical current through the warm salt water. It turned brown. In his words: 'before my very eyes, the world's first Detox Barbie was sat, with her feet in a pool of brown sludge, purged of a weekend's immorality.'

Dr Ben Goldacre is the author of the Bad Science column in the Guardian. This book will be about all the 'bad science' we are constantly bombarded with in the media and in advertising. At a time when science is used to prove everything and nothing, everyone has their own 'bad science' moments – from the useless pie-chart on the back of cereal packets to the use of the word 'visibly' in cosmetics ads. This book will help people to quantify their instincts – that a lot of the so-called 'science' which appears in the media and in advertising is just wrong or misleading. It will be satirical and amusing – exposing the ridiculous – but it will also provide the reader with the facts they need.

Full of spleen, this will be a hilarious, invigorating and informative journey through the world of Bad Science.


  • Quack busting

    By Mr Smith
    A really good read on how humans believe in non science like homeopathy & frauds like Gillian McKeith
  • Essential

    By Dan Foy
    Provoking, amusing, and enlightening. Good enough for me to buy again on the iBookstore despite owning a physical copy (somewhere). For £4 it isn't something you should even have to think about buying - it should be automatic. It's that enjoyable.
  • Fairly good read

    By Steven Watson
    Ok so this book sets off in good pace but eventually you find yourself craving the next chaptor. By which i mean you just want the chapter you're on to end... It has a lot of interesting stuff in but it is very bloated and makes the auther look like a dog with a bone trying to get his point across. Other than that it is ok.
  • Bad science

    By Linjb101
    Thoroughly enjoyed this book but much cheaper elsewhere. A brilliant read, highly recommended!
  • Enjoyed the sample

    By Abergoon
    The sample is good but I won't be buying anything off iBooks until the money pinching Apple make the prices reasonable. It's half the price on the Kindle app so I'll be downloading it from there.
  • Loved every page!

    By Tepi2
    Fantastic vocalisation of arguments many of us would like to make but can't quite find the words or the data. Would be a great read for teenagers to arm them for the constant assault of dodgy information, there is no excuse for not reading this book. Following Goldacre on twitter will keep you up to date with the latest examples of misleading science reporting.
  • Bad is good

    By Casius Cow
    Ought to be a course in grade school. Imagine all the BS we would be spared if more of the population would laugh at some of the silliness the cloaks itself as science.
  • Brilliant!

    By CSparke
    At last someone who can see through the smoke and mirrors and into the truth behind science in the media. Helps you lift the wool from your eyes and find out just how much the media calls science is actually science.
  • Superb

    By Ten men
    A joyful romp that exposes the purveyors of quack medicine, pseudoscience and faddish diets, while teaching about the true nature of science and medicine. This stuff is deadly serious, however, and Ben deserves a medal for his courage and perseverance, particularly in revealing fake AIDS treatments. This should be compulsory reading on A level science courses, although it's more enjoyable and engaging that almost any textbook. I hope that this eBook edition is the revised version of the book -- if not, you can download the missing chapter from Ben's website:
  • A great book for your collection

    By Just1MoreThing
    I bought the paperback version some time ago and really enjoyed it. Very good read.