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Plagiarism in Science

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“Scientists have been copying each other’s work – and reproducing it, unattributed – since the earliest years of natural philosophy. Today we will follow some remarkable examples, and discover how knowledge can be perverted when errors multiply as they are copied by generations of researchers. In the modern world, plagiarism is a scourge of scientific publication. The cut-and-paste availability of information on the Internet makes the problem worse. How widespread is plagiarism? Are we becoming more tolerant of it? Tonight’s talk shows how plagiarism occurs – and reveals that, in today’s high-throughout world, scientists can even be led to plagiarize themselves!”

This talk is part of the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research (CSAR) series.

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