Leadership Breakfast with Stuart Firestein

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Wed. March 22, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Omni Hotel - Ballroom

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Sponsored by: Signature Family Wealth Advisors

Hosted by: The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council


Stuart Firestein (Failure: Why Science is So Successful) speaks on the pursuit of failure as a path to success. Book sales and signing will follow.

Why should you attend?

Failure: Why Science is So Successful is a breath of contemplative fresh air… Firestein picks up an idea, gnaws on it, then examines it from as many different angles as he can, as in a series of easygoing chats… As a bench scientist, Firestein doesn’t subscribe to the commonly held story of science as incremental successes punctuated with a few brilliant leaps forward. For him great discoveries arise out of failed attempts that continue to provoke and puzzle. Success requires embracing failure.” —Robert Burton, New York Times Book Review

“The book will certainly make for an interesting read for scientists, be it only to lighten their spirits in the face of another failed experiment. But Failure might also be of interest to non-scientists; not to disillusion anyone who might have a glorified view of what science entails, but to make science more approachable.” —Chemistry World

“Energetic… a close examination of how repeated failure refines problems, clarifying the way forward.” —Nature Magazine

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