Plastic Fantastic: How the Biggest Fraud in Physics Shook the Scientific World

Plastic Fantastic: How the Biggest Fraud in Physics Shook the Scientific World

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by Eugenie Samuel Reich
     
 

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 world's top scientific journals and experts, including Nobel Prize-Winners, supported Schön, only to learn that they were the victims of the

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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 world's 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. Schön's rise and fall will be an essential and fascinating account of the missteps of the scientific community for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230623842
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
04/27/2010
Series:
MacSci Series
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,350,201
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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

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