The Great Betrayal: Fraud in Science

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Fraud has general and specific meanings: In general conversation, fraud is a deception; in law, it can be a felony. In The Great Betrayal: Fraud in Science, Horace Freeland Judson usually implies the general meaning, but he discusses the legal setting.

The significant fraud that Judson sees in science is plagiarism in the broad sense by those who review grant proposals and journal manuscripts, and fabrication and falsification by scientists who write the proposals and manuscripts. To get at this, he begins with twentieth-century business and social fraud: investment trusts developed in the years leading to the Great Crash of 1929, the exuberance of the 1990s, inventive reporting of Jayson Blair at the New York Times, corruption of the U.S. Olympic Committee, and scandal in the Catholic Church.

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