I just got done pre-ordering Ben Goldacre’s Bad Pharma, which is something everyone everywhere should do. Goldacre’s previous book, Bad Science, is definitely in the top five of my all time favorite books; it’s unquestionably the book that has had the most impact on my life, in that it was the first thing to come along in 20+ years to make me understand why math, science, statistics, and critical thinking were more important than being just a means to an end in academia and career opportunity.
I hate that the U.S. release is delayed behind the U.K.’s, but it’s worth the wait (as well as paying for dead tree over digital) to have Bad Pharma in hard copy. Bad Science is one of the handful of dead tree books that doesn’t eventually make it to the grave yard (corner bookshelf) of books; it’s always floating around for re-read of various sections and quotes. It is the book I think I’ve recommend the most frequently to the most people. I expect Bad Pharma to be no different.
Rambling now, anyway if you haven’t read Bad Science go do that, and then pre-order Bad Pharma. In the meantime here’s the man himself being awesome at TED.