Originally posted by Soothfast
I can only shake my head at that. The quota mentality or research institutions and governments is seriously undermining scientific progress. On that page I notice this link:
Peter Higgs would have been sacked in today's academic system for not publ ...[text shortened]... the areas of cosmology that depend on it) that seems to be causing a major case of constipation.
A professor once told me that if I tarted up what I thought was a minor
result, I probably could get it published in a journal. But I was young, too
principled, and too unconcerned about my advancement to take that advice.
_Bankrupting Physics: How Today's Top Scientists are Gambling Away
Their Credibility_ by Alexander Unzicker and Sheilla Jones (who wrote
_The Quantum Ten_) is a scathing, often amusing, critique of sting theorists.
'Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!'
--Wolfgang Pauli (attributed)
Wolfgang Pauli supposedly said that a theory could be 'not even wrong'
because it was unverifiable by experiments. The authors seem to believe
that string theory is 'not even wrong'.