The Great Betrayal: Fraud in Science (Hardcover)

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Fraud permeates all types of institutions today and now the world of science, the last bastion of respect and trust, is no exception. Dozens of cases have been uncovered in the past quarter-century-and the headlines continue. We can no longer shrug off fraud in science as the work of aberrant individual scientists, Horace Freeland Judson argues. Instead, we must look for its causes and its remedies in the structures and cultures of the scientific institutions themselves. Judson carefully details all types of scientific fraud and how they happen; considers the self-government of the sciences, including peer review and the refereeing of papers; and exposes the failures of academic, governmental, and legal responses. He also shows how the movement toward Internet publication of papers promises remarkable new checks on fraud and suggests how we can restore and defend the integrity of the greatest monument of human endeavor- the sciences.

About the Author

HORACE FREELAND JUDSON is director of the Center for History of Recent Science at George Washington University.A MacArthur Fellow, he is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and has written for many publications, including the NewYorker,Time, Nature, Cell, Lancet, and Gene. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland

Praise For…

“Mr. Judson is a graceful writer with a keen sense of the human as well
as the scientific drama. Indeed, this is one of the best books of popular
or semipopular science writing I have ever read.”

"Judson turns an analytical light on faulty scientific practices. The persuasive results should be therapeutic to the body scientific."

"A book certain to stir debate over both the cultural disease [Judson] diagnoses and the remedies he prescribes."

"Shrewd and scholarly."

"A nuanced and sophisticated yet accessible view of scientific fraud."

"[A] thorough and impassioned analysis. An intriguing, and troubling, introduction to the problems that confront the practice of science. "

"Compulsively readable. Medical and science authorities, who have done so little against fraud, should be made to read this book."

"A delicious stew of scandal."

Product Details
ISBN: 9780151008773
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: October 11th, 2004
Pages: 480