Plastic Fantastic: How the Biggest Fraud in Physics Shook the Scientific World

Kobo ebook | May 12, 2009

byEugenie Samuel Reich

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This is the story of wunderkind physicist Jan Hendrik Schön who faked the discovery of a new superconductor made from plastic. A star researcher at the world-renowned Bell Laboratories in New Jersey, he claimed to have stumbled across a powerful method for making carbon-based crystals into transistors, the switches found on computer chips. Had his experiments worked, they would have paved the way for huge advances in technology--computer chips that we could stick on a dress or eyewear, or even use to make electronic screens as thin and easy-to-fold as sheets of paper.

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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This is the story of wunderkind physicist Jan Hendrik Schön who faked the discovery of a new superconductor made from plastic. A star researcher at the world-renowned Bell Laboratories in New Jersey, he claimed to have stumbled across a powerful method for making carbon-based crystals into transistors, the switches found on computer ch...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:May 12, 2009Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230621341

ISBN - 13:9780230621343

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from "An Interesting read!" Plastic Fantastic by Eugenie Samuel Reich was a very interesting book to read. The author uncovers how one of the greatest frauds in the science community managed to happen, and how it deceived some of the worlds top scientists. Reich is very thorough in describing and explaning the process in which Hendrick Schon went through in order to publish his fraudulent works. Although such detailing causes some chapters to become repetitive and dry, it helps to ensure that the reader fully understands the scientific process and terms used in the book. I reccommned this book to anyone who is interested in learning about the scientific publication process as Reich does a very good job describing it. I wouldn't reccommend the book to anyone who has trouble following chapters which are long and occasionally dry. Overall I think that Eugenie Reich did a very good job uncovering one of the biggest frauds of the decade in science.
Date published: 2011-05-23