Allegra Goodman – Intuition
A junior researcher produces spectacular results, leading to a publication in Nature, a massive new grant and plenty …
This is the story of wunderkind physicist Jan Hendrik Schön who faked the discovery of a new superconductor made from plastic. (…) But as other researchers tried to recreate Schön’s experiments, the scientific community learned that it had been duped. Why did so many top experts, including Nobel prize-winners, support Schön? What led the major scientific journals to publish his work, and promote it with press releases? And what drove Schön, by all accounts a mild-mannered, modest and obliging young man, to tell such outrageous lies?
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