Interesting Didn t agree with everything but that s science for you The title and cover caught my eye, and the idea of a history of inventions got me curious Turns out to be a balanced and thoughtful look at the role of science in society the good, the bad, the worrying, and the inspirational I m also worried that there will be too much political spin when it comes to looking at science, but Winston avoids this He strives at truth rather than a partisan message Well worth a read. Two problems with this book It is too basic for an avid popular science reader like me The text sometimes rambles on and lacks coherence I started off loving this book, but got a little tired towards the 2nd half.Well researched and well written with loads of insider insights on the history of scientific, cultural, agricultural and industrial development the format of this is so great But on the other hand the consequences of it maybe aren t got to wear a bit thin.I ve loved the two TV series of this author that I ve seen, but this is a book maybe to read slowly, a chapter a week or by someone withpatience than me.A I started off loving this book, but got a little tired towards the 2nd half.Well researched and well written with loads of insider insights on the history of scientific, cultural, agricultural and industrial development the format of this is so great But on the other hand the consequences of it maybe aren t got to wear a bit thin.I ve loved the two TV series of this author that I ve seen, but this is a book maybe to read slowly, a chapter a week or by someone withpatience than me.A good book A very good reference book A great read Took a rather long time to finish this book dus to a busy schedule and the fact that I took my own time to digest all the knowledge this book contained Very informative and eye opening From the story of the Golem to the aphorisms of science that made me look through researchers eyes, this book was a wonderful learning experience. A thoroughly gripping read Not sure whether I would classify it as a science text or historical, or a history of science, but frankly the classification is irrelevant.Meticulously researched and objectively presented though fairly opinionated so how is that even possible , this is a cautionary tale of the flip side of our inventiveness as a species. Such an interesting book charting man s intellectual achievements and opening the question was it worth it to us in the long run Can t fault this book as it is written engagingly and a fascinating subject. A wonderful book filled with thought provoking statements about how technology has improved our lives while also introducingissues The chapters on Medicine, Power and Genetics are must reads for anyone We are born with the instinct to create and invent Indeed our ability to do so is what separates we humans from the rest of the animal world The moment man first converted a stone to a useful tool set him on a relentless path toward greater power over his environment But have our creative ideas always produced desirable results in line with their original good intention Have they really served us well BAD IDEAS traces the fascinating history of our attempts at self improvement but also questions their value The dubious consequences of the development of weaponry, for example, is self evident But what of apparently innocuous inventions such as farming, writing or medicine All started off for the greater good but have since produced unforeseen fallout that continues to this day What are their undesirable side effects, when did they emerge and where will they take us in the future Written against a huge historical canvas, we join Robert Winston on a thrilling journey from our earliest days to the present We learn about the history of modern science, engineering, IT and much We meet the individuals who played a key role in their development, and share quirky anecdotes about their lives and brainwaves Inspiring, unusual, and at times controversial, BAD IDEAS assesses the past and also looks forward to the opportunities and ethical challenges of the future In so doing it celebrates man s extraordinary capacity for achievement whilst warning us that his good intentions can sometimes end up as thoroughly bad ideas I m afraid I just didn t really enjoy this book Perhaps the clue was in the title but it was a rather depressing and terribly negative read I only really pushed through to the end if it because it was my first library ebook.