Imaginary Weapons by Sharon Weinberger is nominally a 300 page book. It is a pastiche of about 5% content from her credible publication of 2004 in the Washington Post and 95% of additional material that is being described as fiction and has not been corroborated.
It is easy to find many gross errors in the book, such as locating the Yucca Mtn. nuclear waste site in Colorado when a minute on Google would have shown it to be in Nevada - just where everyone would have guessed; and such as identifying one of the most senior referees of the confirmation experiment known as TRIP as John Nuckles instead of John Nuckolls. The committed apologists have already rushed to claim that even such grotesque errors do not degrade the message, but, unhappily for her, reviews, blogs, and published material seem to contradict the very substance of what Ms. Weinberger has written in the new 95% of her book. It begins to look like another Jayson Blair tragedy in the making.
Here I would like to raise a specific incident described by Sharon Weinberger and ask her or anyone else to tell how the facts, available since 2003, can be reconciled with the description she published in 2006. Pages 48 and 49 are reproduced at http://www.imaginaryweapons.net/imaginary
However, as printed on pages 48 and 49 of Imaginary Weapons, Sharon Weinberger describes the physical appearance of the distinguished French host scientist, (whom she had never met), with a very mean-spirited and completely unfair insult, denies that Carl was even at the experiment, and slanders him by saying he stole the data.
I am hoping this will focus attention upon at least one incident in Imaginary Weapons as a test case of the credibility of what Sharon Weinberger has written for us. Did Sharon Weinberger just swallow malicious hearsay without any effort to check the facts, or just fantasized how she wished it had happened: just "made it up?"