Looking back at the Baltimore case

I mentioned the Baltimore affair in the previous post about scientific fraud. Here’s a review of Daniel Kevles’ definitive book about the case. I don’t usually mention where these things appeared, but it’s relevant here as its publication, in Nature, drew a comment from the author. He says I miss a point about the historical […]

Cooking the lab books

The focus of concern about scientific standards seems to have shifted a bit since this piece on scientific fraud was written. There have been some more very high profile cases (still mainly in life sciences), but there’s more attention now to things like poor statistical analysis (many disciplines), and to results that can’t be replicated […]

Unpacking “Nature”

The idea that boundaries between nature and culture have dissolved is pretty commonplace nowadays, as we contemplate the Anthropocene. But it’s been developing for some time, as this review from the 1990s indicates. I am, in hindsight, amused by the casual reference here to the “boring old futures studies of the 1960s” – my later book, […]