Experiment Eleven

Dark Secrets Behind the Discovery of A Wonder Drug

Pringle, Peter

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Experiment Eleven
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Documents the discovery of the first effective cure for tuberculosis and the efforts of a Rutgers College student to reclaim credit for his work from the department director who was wrongly honored and awarded a Nobel Prize for the finding.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Walker & Co., 2012.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780802717740
0802717748
Characteristics: viii, 278 p. :,ill., ports. ;,24 cm.

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Mar 11, 2015
  • StarGladiator rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The problem with history in general, and the history of science and technology in particular, is it is tainted with stories like this shocking one. Who wants to believe that the scientist or inventor who does all the work and discovery, is not the one credited by history? When I was growing up, I never heard of Philo Farnsworth [the true inventor of TV] or Edwin Armstrong [the true inventor of FM radio] but instead David Sarnoff, who was neither! Wasn't aware of Nikola Tesla, the father of modern-day commercial electricity, and the Father of the Power Grid, for gosh sakes! Heard fanciful stories of Thomas Edison, which can no longer be taken at face value, a most dishonorable man! Sure you know the real inventor of the Laser? Great book, BTW! Was Marconi really responsible for modern radio? His first submitted patent was rejected, as it was too similar to the patent award to Nikola Tesla for the wireless. And a closer examination history of technology shows us that Marconi purchased his patents from a Canadian engineer who had worked himself into poverty, and needed the money [Marconi was the scion of a wealthy family].

Jan 06, 2013
  • NewYorkViews rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A read about the outrage of the flakey system of the 1940s. Lack of research funding in soil science/microbiology leads two Rutger University scientists (Lab Direcctor/professor Selman Waksman and graduate student Albert Schatz) into a hellish controversy over the 1952 Nobel Prize as the student did all of the work to discover Streptomycin with the directly onsite-absent lab director at first getting all the credit--the Nobel Prize, and pharmaceutical dollars. Lack of funding, lack of morale, lack of credit equals false competition. There looks like there is competition in the science, but little is discovered overall as Schatz and those like him would probably discover a lot more if well funded..., but it looks like a lot since the cure for TB was found. Lack of funding issues are applicable today to science programs and city and state universities. Also, disturbing is a photo of Waksman that insinuate he may have had a pre-1920s nose job to "fit into" the USA mainstream due to his ethnic heritage. Extreme backdrop of the sinister oppression of ethical research scientists.

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