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Happy families? - Science's first mistake

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 27 October 2010

Was there ever a golden age of the family? Political debates about the family often invoke a norm of family life in which marriages lasted and children thrived. But a new report suggests that pre-marital sex, cohabitation, single parenthood and illegitimacy have been rife for two centuries. It's the post war period from 1945-1970 which is unusual for its high rates of enduring marriages. Many people in the past didn't ever marry because of the problems in obtaining or affording a divorce. The historian Professor Pat Thane discusses families, real and ideal, with Laurie Taylor. Also, are most scientific claims little more than delusions? The Professor of Information Systems, Ian Angell talks about his co-authored book 'Science's First Mistake' which critiques science's claims to 'truth'.
Producer: Jayne Egerton.

  • Pat Thane

    Professor of Contemporary British History at the Institute of Historical Research

    Happy Families? History and policy
    (2010) a report prepared for the British Academy

    Find out more about Pat Thane
  • Ian Angell

    Professor of Information Systems at the Department of Management, London School of Economics

    Science's First Mistake: Delusions in Pursuit of Theory
    By Ian Angell and Dionysios Demetis.
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
    ISBN-10: 1849660646
    ISBN-13: 978-1849660648

    Find out more about Ian Angell

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