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Against the Tide. A Critical Review by Scientists of How Physics and Astronomy Get Done

López Corredoira, Martín and Castro Perelman, Carlos and Campanario, Juan Miguel and Martin, Brian and Kundt, Wolfgang and Herndon, J. Marvin and Apostol, Marian and Arp, Halton C. and Van Flandern, Tom and Kirilyuk, Andrei P. and Bauer, Henry H. (2008) Against the Tide. A Critical Review by Scientists of How Physics and Astronomy Get Done. UNSPECIFIED.

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    Nobody should have a monopoly of the truth in this universe. The censorship and suppression of challenging ideas against the tide of mainstream research, the blacklisting of scientists, for instance, is neither the best way to do and filter science, nor to promote progress in the human knowledge. The removal of good and novel ideas from the scientific stage is very detrimental to the pursuit of the truth. There are instances in which a mere unqualified belief can occasionally be converted into a generally accepted scientific theory through the screening action of refereed literature and meetings planned by the scientific organizing committees and through the distribution of funds controlled by "club opinions". It leads to unitary paradigms and unitary thinking not necessarily associated to the unique truth. This is the topic of this book: to critically analyze the problems of the official (and sometimes illicit) mechanisms under which current science (physics and astronomy in particular) is being administered and filtered today, along with the onerous consequences these mechanisms have on all of us. The authors, all of them professional researchers, reveal a pessimistic view of the miseries of the actual system, while a glimmer of hope remains in the "leitmotiv" claim towards the freedom in doing research and attaining an acceptable level of ethics in science.

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    Additional Information: PDF, 188 pages, 13 chapters. Full version (14 chapters) published at: 2008, M. López Corredoira, C. Castro Perelman (Eds.), Universal Publishers, Boca Raton (Florida, USA). Get a paperback copy at:
    Keywords: Research-Methodology; Physics; Astronomy; scientometrics; censorship; suppresion of ideas; alternative scientific theories
    Subjects: General Issues > Science and Society
    General Issues > Ethical Issues
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
    Specific Sciences > Physics
    General Issues > Values In Science
    General Issues > Science Policy
    Depositing User: Martín López Corredoira
    Date Deposited: 30 May 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:16
    Item ID: 4046

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