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4.0 von 5 Sternen a must read about how science works, 27. August 2009
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This book is a documentary and a thriller at the same time. At some points you are really eager
to learn how the plot develops (even though the title pretty much gives away how it has to end;
if the "protagonist" would not have been found out, we wouldn't know about an fraud).

There are some chapters which might have been a bit shorter, but that's easy to overlook. The strength of the book is that it does not try to find a scapegoat. The author resisted the temptation to blame exclusively "the system" for promoting scientific fraud as well as the temptation to portray the deceiving scientist as a psychopathic cheat. Instead he shows how systemic factors and a morally lacking mind-set that is too eager to please interacted to produce a series of basically "made up" papers could end up in the best scientific journals.

This book has made me more aware of the process of science that I previously was. Now I should add that I am a scientist in pretty much the same stage as the protagonist of the book -- post Ph.D. in search of a tenured job -- and I find it difficult to judge how this book reads for someone outside science. But it seems to me that it will be good read anyway. And a must read if you are in science.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic book about Plastic Fantastic, 23. Juni 2009
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Very interesting book about the story of German scientist Jan Hendrik Schön. This guy invented lots of data and did some breathtaking science, everyone thought. In the end, things didn't end up - Schön was manipulating all the data (in German: er hat seine Daten ge"schön"t ;-)

Reich does a wonderful job breaking down the timeline of the story. You get to understand how Schön came to be the scientist who lived on the frontier of science and fabricated just as much as to not get caught - until he overdid. You see how easy it was for him to stay within the rules: no one actually ever saw his experiments, but everyone trusted him: co-authors, managers at Bell Labs and Lucent, editors at Nature and Science.

It's Eugenie Reich's first book. Great start to a career. Good read, makes me hungry for more.
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