Forrest Mims III on Peter Gleick.
Mims writes in the San Antonio Express-News:
“The scientific enterprise is built on a foundation of trust. Society trusts that scientific research results are an honest and accurate reflection of a researcher’s work.”
So begins the preface to “On Being a Scientist,” a book by the National Academies of Science (NAS) that should be required reading by every scientist (free at nap.educatalog/12192.html).
The preface goes on to say that when “the professional standards of science are violated, researchers are not just personally affronted – they feel that the base of their profession has been undermined. This would impact the relationship between science and society.”
I’ve learned from personal experience that most scientists meet the high standards that we and the NAS expect of them. Sadly, however, there are exceptions…