In the Scientific American article “The Replication Myth: Shedding Light on One of Science’s Dirty Little Secrets,” the author discusses how many of the greatest scientists in history may have fabricated results in order to support their theories. In today’s scientific environment, this behavior would be unacceptable; however, these famous scientists from history still are idolized despite evidence of their misconduct.
These scientists are revered because their work is still groundbreaking. Even though their findings may not be reproducible, the theories and ideas initiated by these studies continue to inspire fellow scientists around the world and lead to additional scientific discoveries. So despite the possible erroneous nature of their initial findings, their ideas shape the scientific world. The question I’m left with after reading the article is whether the desire scientists have today to make the same sort of impact as their famed predecessors is one reason why reproducibility today seems not as important as in the past.