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Betrayers of the Truth: Fraud and Deceit in the Halls of Science

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Examines instances of scientific fraud in research areas ranging from astronomy and physics to biology and medicine, and assesses the influence of huge monetary rewards and enormous research organizations on corruption in science.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 1983 by Touchstone Books
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Title: Betrayers of Truth: Fraud and Deceit in the Halls of Science

Author: William Broad and Nicholas Wade

Genre: Scientific/Investigation

Rating: ****

Review: This is a wonderful book and a beautiful job of reporting.

This book is an analysis of fraud and deceit within the scientific community. It details certain cases and how the fraud came to be, and how people got away with it or the fact the evidence was ignored. Broad and Wade are seeking to reveal the dark heart of science. Science
Simon Mcleish
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on my blog here in November 2002.

Scientists have generally portrayed themselves as they have perceived themselves: as objective searchers after truth. This is itself not entirely the way things are even at the best of times, and on reflection it could hardly be the case. Scientists are human too; the ideas on which they work are the products of human minds; and total objectivity can only be an ideal to aspire to.

It is the dichotomy between the ideal and the reality which is
Varapanyo Bhikkhu
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it

Ironically, book about fraud and deceit in science, deceives readers, promoting scientific fraudsters: Kamin and Gould and describing them as debunkers of scientific fraud... However:

Degler (1991, 39) finds that Gould engaged in a “single minded pursuit” of Goddard (p. 40), presenting a false picture of Goddard as a “rigid hereditarian or elitist.” Gould ignored Goddard’s doubts and qualifications as well as his statements on the importance of the environment. There can be little doubt that Goul
James Sheaves
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Between this, Bad Blood, and the film Fyre, I've been on something of a fraud kick recently. The sort of person who commits an audacious fraud of the type contained in those works emerges as something of a type: ambitious, persuasive, egotistical, and of course pathologically deceptive. But there are also many cases presented in this book of less ambitious frauds committed by people caught up in the pressures of scientific publishing; the sort of fraud I could imagine myself succumbing to under ...more
Toni K.
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So much in this book I never saw coming! I will not give spoilers. Enzo and Kai heat things up. We begin with more details of what we learned in the last book. Half way through you will get a very surprising truth. Then at the end, one that didn’t surprise me so much, and then the cliffhanger. Yikes! What next?
I really get annoyed being left hanginging, but at least Ella doesn’t make us last too terribly long, each book has some real substance, and they are reasonably priced.
This is an ARC, but
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this book and a must-read for those who blindly appeal to authority and make the assumption that those in lab coats are infallible to outright deceptions -- or that institutions have the apparatus to see those lapses in integrity right away.
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
scientists are human (sometimes subjective, sometimes objective) too
Jan 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
the title of this book sounds much more sensational than the content really is.
the book is a summary of fraud within science. it is a very illuminating look into the world of science and has caused me to be much less accepting of what scientists say. to be more cautious about scientific claims. the book shows how prevalant fraud is, even gregor mendol and galileo fudged some of their statistical data to make their theories seems stronger. both of their theories happened to turn out to be correct
Melissa Rodriguez
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was a must-read for someone in science like me. It was published over 20 years ago, but shockingly, (or maybe perhaps not), not much has changed in the halls of science. What struck me most is that I have encountered situations that exemplify exactly what the author says here, which you would expect do not happen anymore, living in the age we do. But they do, and with great frequency. In fact, I'd dare to say it's gotten worse. Now, universities are graduating hundreds of thousands of ...more
Joe Rogel
Sep 15, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Future and current scientists
Describes a sad truth I already knew exists within academia: The concept of an impartial, unbiased, self-correcting scientific community is not the gleaming beacon of infallibility it presents itself to be. Between careerism, politics, and arrogance, the distinct scent of pants on fire have been detected in institutions of even the Harvard and Yale caliber.

The authors also bring to the forefront failures of a peer-review system that gives little incentive to actually review a peer, and how the
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Scientific fraud-- and twenty plus years after this book was written, it still occurs.
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William J. Broad is a best-selling author and a senior writer at The New York Times. In more than thirty years as a science journalist, he has written hundreds of front-page articles and won every major journalistic award in print and film. His reporting shows unusual depth and breadth—everything from exploding stars and the secret life of marine mammals to the spread of nuclear arms and why the T ...more

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