The Star System and Science… Harmful Myths and all that

Nature is a staggeringly good journal. 99% of it is several thousand feet above my head (so, totally unlike life, then).
But the quality of the journalism is as good as the science, and there is this from the 3rd October 2013 issue…

Great myths die hard
by Heloise Dufour and Sean Carroll

“Scientific myths are harmful. They distort the history and the process of science by portraying researchers as extraordinary people making epic advances in a fast, linear fashion. Such tales are particularly damaging to the public’s and to students’ understanding of the pace and complexity of science. For example, the Fleming myth ignores the vast time, effort and extra data that are required to make a medically viable drug. And by crediting luminaries with fictional achievements, we create superheroes that no student can hope to match.”

Star System?

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One Response to The Star System and Science… Harmful Myths and all that

  1. pendantry says:

    “99% of it is several thousand feet above my head”
    I think you missed a decimal point before the ‘%’. Oh, and you’ve also missed out an infinite series of nines afterwards.

    There follows a Party Political Broadcast on behalf of the Afficionados of Zaphod Beeblebrox, marred slightly in the middle and, especially, at the climax by two typos that perhaps only cause problems for those like me who suffer from a peculiar inability to allow typos to wash over them in exactly the same way that the beachfront at Southend doesn’t.

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