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The right road to scientific revolution

30 Jan 2015, 16:31 UTC
The right road to scientific revolution
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Change in science is very hard. If you want to make your mark as a scientist, you have to achieve a very careful balance. Your results must be new, but consistent with other established science. Truly revolutionary discoveries — both experimental and theoretical — are very rare, often only recognized as revolutionary over time. Then […]

Real revolutions happen on the dance floor. [Credit: Fake Science]Change in science is very hard. If you want to make your mark as a scientist, you have to achieve a very careful balance. Your results must be new, but consistent with other established science. Truly revolutionary discoveries — both experimental and theoretical — are very rare, often only recognized as revolutionary over time. Then to complicate matters, scientists are human, and as a group resistant to change, so people who actually achieve new things can face pushback, especially if they don’t fit into the narrow acceptable culture.[1]
With all of that, it can be easy for non-scientists and early-career scientists to confuse prejudice with legitimate scientific objections to new ideas. After all, famous physicists and astronomers of the past often had trouble convincing others of the correctness of their theories, which today we acknowledge ...

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