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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (October 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849660646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849660648
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,630,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The questions posed by the authors in their book are important. They are also a good reminder to constantly consider the dialectic between knowledge, authority, and its relationship with certainty. (New York Journal of Books)

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Ian Angell is Professor of Information Systems in the Department of Management at the London School of Economics. His research interests include organizational and national IT policies, strategic information systems, computer security and systemic risk. He has written fourteen books, including The New Barbarian Manifesto (2000), and over a hundred research papers.


Dionysios Demetis is a Research Associate at London School of Economics and Political Science. His research interests include anti-money-laundering schemes and related technologies in the banking sector, systems theory, computer security and the global consequences of information systems.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George on January 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have just finished reading Science's First Mistake. I loved the book for 2 reasons: the critical observing lens of the authors and the use of real-life examples for the deconstruction of human perceptions. Although the reading of the book can become challenging at times, at the end I noticed that I have changed the way I study the world around me. And that - i believe - is the primary aim of the authors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 26, 2011
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This book uses Luhmann's systems theory to argue that we ultimately don't know what we don't know. The free .pdf version of this book is available from the authors here:
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