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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Brown Walker Press (March 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612336345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612336343
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,021,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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He is well read, and shares his knowledge with the reader.
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The time may be ripe to propose new fundamental models that will be both simpler than the current state of the art, as well as open up new areas of research.
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They will learn that it does not matter what they know but who they know.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By gcarraro on August 12, 2013
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The book by dr. Lopez Corredoira describes the way science is done these days. After a nice introduction on how high-impact scientific discoveries
have been done in the past, he analyzes how the scientific world works, stressing in a very effective ways its current limitations, and its intrinsic incapability to lead to crucial discoveries. I feel he is mostly right, being myself deeply involved in the system. I recommend this book to any active researcher.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Forrest Noble on July 4, 2013
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As a whole, I perceive Dr. Corredoira's book as an excellent read and critique of today's science and its practices, even though he himself is a significant part of the science as a researcher and PhD insider, that he is criticizing.

I consider it a rare privilege to hear such criticism come from within the field being criticized rather than from the multitudes of outsiders who have tried or have aspired to be insiders, but upon their failures and disappointments, make criticisms of the system they once wanted to part of, whereby their criticisms involve sour-grapes complaints.

Why is the author's perspective interesting? An insider's perspective usually can provide better insights into internal problems of a field/profession/ study/ group. They can often provide more accurate overviews of a subject, which Dr. Corredoira can uniquely do concerning science, having both Doctorates in Physics and Philosophy.

To begin the book Dr. Corredoira writes an interesting overview and perspective concerning science as a whole including the history of science and its many disciplines. Many of the author's perspectives involve well-known problems within the management systems of science, that are not unknown but little discussed by insiders.

The author also discusses some of the best achievements of science in history along with explaining why he believes there is necessarily less bang-for-the-buck coming from today's science.

He also discusses what he considers to the saturation of science details in today's news and society in general, whereby science reporters may know little about the subjects they are reporting, but must interpret the science and report it in a language sometimes not understandable to the reader, and sometimes not even by the reporter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Alexander Unzicker on May 8, 2013
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The author takes thoughtful, honest and critical look at today's science. He starts with a description of the most significant results of physics, astronomy, geology, biology, chemistry and medicine. Obviously, the description rests on a profound knowledge about the historical developments. But despite all details, the big picture is never missing, also because methodological and philosophical questions are not disregarded as in many other science books.

This big picture of science of the past centuries is, alas, is a harsh contrast to the many media-hyped non-results of current scientific practice, and here again, the reader finds deep reflections about the reasons behind.

Lopez-Corredoira is working as a practical astronomer and appears to know quite well the situation of today's science. But being a philosopher as well, his perspective is unique among science critics, and - one may say unfortunately - well grounded. And as a truly original thinker, he's not afraid of anything or anybody while exposing the decline of real science. Being brutally honest, the book will surely annoy more than a few scientists. Altogether, it provides a view that surely cannot be called optimistic, but sadly, this view may just be true.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David M. Nataf on July 28, 2013
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The general thesis of the book, that progress in science requires more and more resources to achieve smaller and smaller results, and thus science has to decline, is inescapable I think. The symptoms of this phenomenon, such as specialization and bureaucratization, that also become accelerants of the phenomenon, are also inescapable.

As a practicing astrophysicist, I was often uncomfortable when you the author discussed some of the problems with modern science, but I think that is an inevitable result of the author's intentions, to provide a description. Any scientist reading this text should feel at times uncomfortable, as the criticisms apply to all of us. We are all embedded within a superstructure that requires filling in significant quantities of forms, politics, et cetera. The points of criticisms, such as the bureaucratisation, and the politics, and the student-postdoc-administrator system, and the referee process, among others, are valid.

Lopez-Corredoira brings up a study on the referee process. A fake paper was sent out with 8 deliberate mistakes in it is sent out for review to various referees who are specialists in the field. The best anybody does is identify five mistakes, and nearly 20% of the referees fail to identify any mistakes. This is brought up to support Lopez-Corredoira's general argument against the referee process: he argues that it is too subjective, and too prone to politics, and too prone to conservatism. He would prefer a return to a system used in Europe a century ago, where anybody qualified could publish papers, or perhaps an intermediate solution where there was open discussion on papers.

Many other solutions are proposed to various problems...
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