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Plastic fantastic : how the biggest fraud in physics shook the scientific world

Author: Eugenie Samuel Reich
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Palgrave Macmillan pbk. edView all editions and formats
Discusses the scientific scandal that arose when researchers at Bell Laboratories discovered that wunderkind physicist Jan Hendrik Schön falsified his data to prove that he had discovered a simpler way to make transistors, which would have drastically improved energy technology.

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Genre/Form: Biographies
Named Person: Jan Hendrik Schön; Jan Hendrik Schön
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eugenie Samuel Reich
ISBN: 0230623840 9780230623842 0230224679 9780230224674
OCLC Number: 865294253
Notes: "A New Scientist best book of the year"--Cover.
Description: 266 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Into the woods --
Hendrik --
A slave to publication --
Greater expectations --
Not ready to be a product --
Journals with "special status" --
Scientists astray --
Plastic fantastic --
The Nanotechnology Department --
The fraud taboo --
Game over.
Responsibility: Eugenie Samuel Reich.


Schon's discovery of a plastic that worked as a superconductor was noted as a scientific triumph before revelations that his discoveries were fake. This book analyzes the fraud and considers  Read more...


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'Reich's account is meticulously researched, based on interviews with over 120 scientists, friends and editors. It is gripping stuff: a surprising page-turner that is well worth reading.' - New Read more...

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