There should never be heroes in science

Science, the cliché goes, is self-correcting. This is true in two senses – one lofty, one more mundane. The high-minded one is about the principle of science: the idea that we’re constantly updating our knowledge, finding out how our previous theories were wrong, and stumbling — sometimes only after a fashion — towards the truth. The second is that, for science to work, individual scientists need to do the grinding, boring work of correcting other scientists’ mistakes. All scientists are part of this to some degree: most prominently, the peer-review system, at least in theory, involves scientists critiquing each other’s studies, throwing out the bad or mistaken ones, and suggesting improvements for those that are salvageable. ….[READ]