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Plastic Fantastic: How the Biggest Fraud in Physics Shook the Scientific World (MacMillan Science)

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Highly regarded science journalist Eugenie Samuel Reich recounts the case of wunderkind physicist Jan Hendrik Schön, who faked the discovery of a new superconductor at the world famous Bell Laboratories. Many of the worlds top scientific journals and experts, including Nobel Prize-Winners, supported Schön, only to learn that they were the victims of the biggest fraud in science. What drove Schön, by all accounts a mild-mannered, modest, and obliging young man, to tell such outrageous lies? Reich dives into the riveting world of science to examine how fraud perpetuates itself today.  Schöns rise and fall will be an essential and fascinating account of the missteps of the scientific community for years to come. 

About the Author

Eugenie Samuel Reich is a former editor at New Scientist. She has written for Nature, New Scientist, and The Boston Globe, and is known for her hard hitting reports on irregular science. Several of her reports have resulted in institutional investigations. She lives in Cambridge, MA.

Table of Contents

Introduction * Into the Woods * Hendrik * A Slave to Publication * Greater Expectations * Not Ready to be a Product * Journals with “Special Status” * Scientists Astray * Plastic Fantastic * The Nanotechnology Department * The Fraud Taboo * ‘Game Over * Epilogue * Notes and Additional References

Product Details

ISBN:
9780230623842
Author:
Reich, Eugenie Samuel
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan Trade
Subject:
History
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Solid State Physics
Subject:
Quantum Theory
Subject:
Physics/Quantum Theory
Subject:
History of Science-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
MacSci
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.27 x 6.1 x 0.73 in

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