Thursday, July 08, 2010

Scientific Fraud

David Goodstein, On Fact and Fraud: Cautionary Tales from the Front Lines of Science (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010) offers insights by Goodstein on teaching a course on Scientific Ethics at California Institute of Technology. He lays out a set of basic principles and then supports them with specific case studies. One of the cases concerns Robert A. Millikan's research about measuring the charge of the electron, using his research notebooks at the CalTech archives as evidence the reliability of Millikan's research.

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