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Nobel Dreams: Power, Deceit and the Ultimate Experiment

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ISBN-13: 978-1556151125
ISBN-10: 1556151128
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Carlo Rubbia recently won a Nobel Prize for his work in experimental particle physics. This book recounts the tale of how the Prize was won. It also describes some of the subsequent work done by Rubbia and his group during the middle 1980s. From Taubes's description we come to see this scientist as a thoroughly unpleasant person, obsessed by the need to be best. He terrorizes his subordinates and co-workers and lies to his peers. Most disheartening is that he is interested only in publishing first and exhibits little patience for the kind of meticulous attention to detail that guarantees the accuracy of his results. If Taubes's account is true, then the quest for the Nobel Prize may be doing more harm than good to the cause of scientific progress.Harold D. Shane, Mathematics Dept., Baruch Coll., CUNY
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press (January 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556151128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556151125
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #792,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book hooked me so completely that when I came across it in the library I read it from cover to cover standing (then sitting) in the aisle. Anyone with an interest in high-energy physics or academic politics with enjoy it immensely.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mark C. Jones on August 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
Contains a good combination of hard science and the politics of actually getting stuff done. I appreciated the details of experimental particle physics, but the best part of the book is the insider perspective on getting grant money, timing the delivery of experimental results and positioning oneself for recognition from the Nobel committee. The interplay between the theorists and experimentalists was also illuminating. The only negative factor's were the needless comments on what people were wearing at a meeting or how handsome/pretty they were that day and I believe (not positive since the only account I have is the book) a few remarks that were quite obviously taken out of context and the author failed to acknowledge this.
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