Editorial preamble (from Prof. Henry Bauer):
- Many or most of these books are written by insiders who know at first hand whereof they speak.
- These whistle-blowers are often ostracized by the majority of their professional peers.
- This plethora of exposés has not led to needed reforms.
- Most of these books have been published since about 2000 — the situation is getting worse, and quite rapidly.
Books / Science in General
Holster, Andrew, The Death of Science. 2016. Building from The Twilight of the Scientific Age, below, Andrew Holster writes engagingly about the serious problems afflicting the modern scientific enterprise.
Lopez Corredoira, Martin. The Twilight of the Scientific Age. Brown Walker Press, Boca Raton FL The Twilight of the Scientific Age. Martin Lopez Corredoira, Brown Walker Press, Boca Raton FL, 2013. A popular, engaging and insightful book on the underlying reasons why science has seen better days.
Braben, Don. Promoting the Planck Club 2014 Dealing with the conditions necessary for creative scientists to achieve success, and how that might be accomplished today.
Bauer, Henry H. Scientific Literacy and Myth of the Scientific Method. University of Illinois Press, 1992
Watson, James D. The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA. Atheneum, 1968 (a very useful annotated edition including commentaries, reviews, and original articles was edited by Gunther Stent, W. W. Norton 1980)
Books / Medical Science
Alison Mack, Erin Balogh, & Christine Micheel, rapporteurs. Perspectives on Biomarker and Surrogate Endpoint Evaluation: Discussion Forum Summary. Institute of Medicine;; National Academies Press, 2011
Silverman, Milton Morris. The Drugging of the Americas: How Multinational Drug Companies Say One Thing about Their Products to Physicians in the United States, and Another Thing to Physicians in Latin America. University of California Press, 1976
Articles, Blogs, Posts
Articles, Blogs, Posts / Science in General
An NPR interview dealing with the impediments faced by scientists pursuing unconventional approaches. A pungent critique of today’s science enterprise.
Evidence for the decline of investment in fundamental science.
A revealing interview with Nobelist Sydney Brenner on the status of the current scientific enterprise.
An amusing (and telling) foray into issues of publishing scientific results. Would be hilarious if not accurate.
A critique of the scientific enterprise from former NIH Director and Nobel laureate Harold Varmus and several other scientific leaders.
Krimsky, Sheldon. Do financial conflicts of interest bias research? An inquiry into the ‘‘funding effect’’ hypothesis. Science, Technology, & Human Values, (20 Sptember 2012) 1-22; doi: 10.1177/016224391245627
Nicholson, Joshua M. Collegiality and careerism trump critical questions and bold new ideas: A student’s perspective and solution — The structure of scientific funding limits bold new ideas. BioEssays, 34 (2012) 448-50
Lawrence, Peter A. Real lives and white lies in the funding of scientific research: The granting system turns young scientists into bureaucrats and then betrays them. PLoSBiology, 7 (#9, 2009) e1000197
Robert Bosch Stiftung [Foundation]. Fälschung, Täuschung, Titelkauf — Wie sichert die Wissenschaft Qualität unde Vertrauen? [Faking, deceiving, unearned authorship — How can science safeguard quality ands trustworthiness?]. 4th Berlin Smeinar, 25 November 2009
Barber, Bernard. Resistance by scientists to scientific discovery. Science, 134 (1961) 596-602 (see also Hook in BOOKS)
Articles, Blogs, Posts / Medical Science
Ioannidis, John P. A. & Orestis A. Panagiotou. Comparison of effect sizes associated with biomarkers reported in highly cited individual articles and in subsequent meta-analyses. JAMA, 305 (2011) 2200-10
Matthews, R. A. J. Facts versus factions: The use and abuse of subjectivity in scientific research. European Science and Environment Forum Working Paper, 1998; reprinted (pp. 247-82) in J. Morris (ed.),