John Williams – Stoner
A farmer’s son goes to university to study agricultural sciences. But once there he becomes fascinated by linguistics, …
An exciting thriller about scientific misconduct in an extreme form. A well-written, recognizable sketch of the tensions and competition pervading the practice of science. But one which also depicts its intrinsic motivation and positive emotions, and the pleasure of working on relevant puzzles with clever colleagues. The main protagonist is a talented PhD student, whom we follow from her first international conference.
This book reveals just what criminal excesses are possible when huge financial interests are at stake, as in pharmaceutical research. And how vulnerable a culture of trust and collaboration is to the theft of ideas by intelligent sociopaths. In passing, the reader also gains an insight into how leading journals deal with fraud. It all ends happily, but you are still left with the uneasy feeling that things could have gone in a different direction.
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