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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hold your breath, April 5, 2008
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R. B. Cathcart (Glendale, California United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Against the Tide: A Critical Review by Scientists of How Physics and Astronomy Get Done (Paperback)
The public is staked out on the beach, with the rising tide about to drown the trapped! Are you bored with today's "Press Release" Science news? Wonder why that is just about all the public is given? This book gives, in impressive detail, the reasons for this scandalous treatment of new knowledge. Politicians, in cahoots with sequestered socialists/collegians have enjoyed a cozy, non-productive business: monetary grants, political plaudits, exclusion for non-conforming scientists, dumbing-down of the public via "Press Release" Science broadcast and/or published by news media outlets staffed by Science-ignorant reporters. The numerous chapters, all penned by real and financially vulernable researchers in Europe and North America confronting a corrupted international R&D system,deftly outline the startling organizational flaws of that unproductive R&D system. The public pays with taxes but gets a very poor quality, very often exceeding impractical, R&D product. The authors are excellent writers, know their various topics in superb detail, and are generous in giving the reader true insights. An informed public can demand a better R&D product! This book is a rarity on a complex and little-noticed---so far---aspect of modern-day life in a changing world that increasingly finds great survival and prosperity need for Science.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic, July 10, 2008
This review is from: Against the Tide: A Critical Review by Scientists of How Physics and Astronomy Get Done (Paperback)
This book presents perhaps the greatest scientific discovery so far of the 21st century - that the institution of science as of 2008 is beginning to look more and more like a combination of an organized religion and a totalitarian government, in which those who are loyal to the faith and party are rewarded with money and honors and who question the faith or party are excommunicated and sent to Cyberia (the cyberspace version of the Siberia of the old Soviet Union). I predict that this book will be studied as a classic for many years to come, and I commend its authors for having the courage to speak out about this important matter.
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