Brilliant Failures

From continental drift to telephone – brilliant inventors frequently faced a tough initial struggle against their colleagues’ scepticism. Pioneers of new ideas in science and technology traditionally encountered major frustrations in pitching their ideas and standing up for them against a conservative establishment. Even the great Albert Einstein, who never managed to combine his theories of electrodynamics and relativity into an all-encompassing theory, was no stranger to failure. Yet these prophets of a changing world stuck to their guns with amazing tenacity.

This book presents the biographies of nine exemplary personalities and their struggle for success and recognition in a brilliant amalgamation of period atmosphere and soundly researched information about advances in science and technology.

Press acclaim for Brilliant Failures

“A highly informative and precisely formulated book based on extensive research.″

– Frank Ufen, Frankfurter Rundschau

“This work deserves credit for bringing heroes of research and experimentation together into a coherent, compact and very readable whole, embellished with fascinating details that make history come alive.”

– Helmut Hornung, Max Planck Research Institute


dtv Sachbuch
240 pages, ISBN 978-3-423-24928-7
3. Auflage 2013