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on 29 June 2010
Most books that deal with scientific fraud, concentrate on one or more spectacular cases, often leading to excellent reading. David Goodstein doesn't shun those cases, but his mission is not mainly to entertain while educating in passing. As the man responsible for judging on scientific fraud at Caltech he wants to tell a more nuanced story.

Not all scientific misbehaviour is fraud. There are small misdemeanours, simple errors, enthousiastic researches guilty only of overestimating the importance of their finds, and so on. All of these must be dealt with. As an antidote mr. Goodstein also gives an example of a completely improbable result that happened to be true after all. So, this makes excellent reading for those who are interested in all aspects of scientific misbehaviour, spectacular and less spectacular.
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