Joseph Davidovits

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Mois : octobre 2011

Revenge for ridiculed scientists: 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The revenge of the ridiculed scientists.
In September 2006, my article Publish or Perish: the disease of scientific research highlighted how the 2005 Nobel Prize winners in Medicine had been forbidden for years to publish the results of their research, simply because they contradicted what was taught in the faculties world-wide, and accepted by the majority of the scientific community at that time. The recent 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Daniel Schechtman, experienced a situation even more vexing. When in 1982, thirty years ago, he made his discovery of quasicrystals, the research institution that hosted him fired him because he « threw discredit on the University with his false science ». Why? Because he had the misfortune to make his discovery alone, without the help of other colleagues. Indeed, for the scientific authorities and institutions it is fashionable to proclaim that research is above all a team work. So that any individual discovery is suspect, subject to ridicule, worse, suspected of manipulation of results and scientific fraud.
The press release from Reuters News Agency dated of October 6, 2011 was entitled: Ridiculed crystal work wins Nobel.
I have often quoted in my books the philosopher Schopenhauer (1788-1860): the establishment of the truth passes through three stages: during the first it is ridiculed, in the second it is resisted, in the third it is considered as self evident. Daniel Schechtman has crossed the 3 steps. He was the subject of fierce resistance from one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century, Linius Pauling, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry and Peace Nobel Laureate. In 1985, he wrote: Daniel Schechtman tells non-sence. There are no quasi-crystals, there are only quasi-scientists!
Those who follow my research on geopolymer science know that I already went through the first two steps. Five to six years ago, we entered the consolidation phase, the third step. To see this, just look at the evolution of the number of scientific publications published each year on geopolymer science and applications.   Lire la suite... / Read more...

Revanche des scientifiques ridiculisés: Prix Nobel de Chimie 2011

La revanche des scientifiques ridiculisés.
En Septembre 2006, mon article Publish or Perish : la maladie de la recherche scientifique soulignait comment les lauréats du Prix Nobel de Médecine 2005 avaient été interdits de publier les résultats de leur recherche, tout simplement parce qu’elle contredisait ce qui était enseigné dans les facultés, et admis par la majorité de la communauté scientifique de l’époque. Le récent Prix Nobel de Chimie 2011, Daniel Schechtman, a fait l’expérience d’une situation plus vexante encore. Lorsque en 1982, il y a trente ans, il fit sa découverte des quasi-cristaux, l’institution de recherche qui l’accueillait le mis à la porte, car il « jetait le discrédit sur l’université avec sa fausse science« . Pourquoi? Parce qu’il avait eut le malheur de faire sa découverte tout seul, devant son microscope électronique, sans l’aide d’autres collègues. En effet, il est de bon ton de proclamer dans les instances scientifiques que la recherche est avant tout un travail d’équipe. Si bien que toute découverte individuelle est suspecte, soumise aux moqueries, pire, aux sous-entendus de manipulation de résultats et de fraude scientifique.   Lire la suite... / Read more...

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