Would the 500 major pre-1970 discoveries be vetoed today?
|March 20, 2014||Posted by News under News, Peer review|
That’s what a group of scientists, including some Nobelists, told the Guardian on Tuesday.
Recently, we’ve been writing about Nobel Prize winners who have no use for the professional science journals, as they now exist.
On Tuesday, the group wrote to The Guardian:
… The 500 major discoveries, almost all initiated before about 1970, challenged mainstream science and would probably be vetoed today. Nowadays, fields where understanding is poor are usually neglected because researchers must convince experts that working in them will be beneficial.
However, small changes would keep science healthy. Some are outlined in Donald Braben’s book, Promoting the Planck Club: How Defiant Youth, Irreverent Researchers and Liberated Universities Can Foster Prosperity Indefinitely. But policies are deeply ingrained. Agencies claiming to support blue-skies research use peer review, of course, discouraging open-ended inquiries and serious challenges to prevailing orthodoxies. Mavericks once played an essential role in research. Indeed, their work defined the 20th century. We must relearn how to support them, …
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