We owe a larger part of our ease in life to science and technology. Right from the beginning of civilization, science has continually provided answers to unanswered questions and solutions to unsolvable problems. Anyone can boldly say that science has made life more interesting and easy to go through. Nonetheless, science also has some faults. Even though science is not a person, they say no one is perfect and this affects science too, perhaps because men are behind the advancements in science. As every man can make mistakes, scientists can make mistakes too. When they do, it is usually counted as Science’s mistakes.
This article compiles a list of some mistakes that can be considered major in the history of modern science.
This Windows operating system version was launch in 2007. It is supposed to be an improvement on the previously existing operating system; Windows XP. However, it turned out to be an epic fail. Windows XP did not particularly need an urgent improvement except for general progress, which was supposed to be Windows XP, but there is the chance that no one is using XP at the moment anymore. People complained of its compatibility issues with many PCs and of how slowly it operated. No amount of upgrade could blot out the errors of Windows XP, but a totally new Operating System – Windows 7.
Frontal Lobotomies was a very popular and successful scientific innovation for the treatment of mental illnesses. It was prominent through the 1950s and it was generally accepted. The scientists behind it are said to have been inspired by the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. In 1890, a Swiss physician by the name; Gottlieb Burkhardt performed the first lobotomy, after which two patients died, one by suicide and the other by an unexplainable circumstance. This made sure another operation was not done until the 1930s when it was revived again. After a while, it was also stopped because patients experienced many subtly gruesome feats. Rosemary Kennedy, who was JFK’s sister, had to be institutionalized from the age of 23 till she does because she went through lobotomy.
PENTIUM 2 AND PENTIUM PRO
Computers are supposed to be able to perform complex tasks by using mathematics and science, and they are supposed to be able to do it quickly. However, Pentium II processors were found to be inadequate in this responsibility, which is supposed to be their major and only responsibility. So was Pentium Pro too; the whole processor line had faulty mathematical coprocessors. As a result of this, the Pentium CPUs always produced wrong results for any input that was above the eight decimal place. This made the processors inadequate for any serious work because it was configured to create the wrong results. It is safe to say it was the lazy processor. Funnily enough, Intel who made these processors did not own up to their faults publicly despite being called out publicly. They only replaced some faulty processor chips for customers who could prove that the CPU was producing inaccurate information. They however took their time to improve in their upgrade before releasing it.
Science made mistakes, but is still in existence and still matters to life. It is only reasonable for us to take a cue from that.