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On fact and fraud in science

Apr 7, 2010

It's not easy to identify fraud in science, says CalTech physicist David Goodstein. In his book On Fact and Fraud, Goodstein examines cases of alleged scientific misconduct, such as Robert Millikan's measurement of an electron's charge; the "discovery" of cold fusion; and the discovery of high-temperature superconductivity- a feat that seemed implausible, but turned out to be genuine. Goodstein outlines ethical principles for conducting scientific research, and distinguishes between what is fraud and what's just bad science.

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