Knowing your sources - and keeping them open!

Bruno, Michael mbruno at HMC.PSU.EDU
Wed Mar 23 16:34:38 UTC 2016


Hi Bob—Einstein may actually have been talking about his first wife, Mileva (Marić) Einstein, who was also a physicist and may well have helped him come up with the idea that ultimately became his theory of General Relativity, now 100 years old and which recently got a big boost by the confirmation of the existence of gravitational waves, which it predicts.  The Nobel prize is never given posthumously, or else Einstein would now probably get a third one, for GR.  He divorced Mileva and gave her no credit for the idea that became general relativity, but he did ultimately give her his (first) Nobel Prize money, which we won for explaining the photoelectric effect.
I absolutely agree that the perverse incentives in the research/publishing enterprise absolutely hinders advances in medicine/science.  Researchers are unable to share their thoughts until they are published in the big journals – like Nature or Cell – and the peer review process can be quite protracted.  In the meantime, others who could have built on the information are pursuing dead ends and wasting time & money.  The recent move for “open source” journals is a step in the right direction, but I think the answer lies in what they are currently doing in Physics—where the articles are published online immediately and peer review follows. The whole thing is much more open and honest and transparent—and greatly accelerates progress in physics.  I suspect that it is the model we ought to be following in medicine.
Mike


From: robert bell [mailto:0000000296e45ec4-dmarc-request at LIST.IMPROVEDIAGNOSIS.ORG]
Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 6:45 PM
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Subject: [IMPROVEDX] Knowing your sources

I came across an alleged Albert Einstein quote that said,

"The secret of Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”

Like many quotes this one does not seem to have been said by Einstein.

I found this which gave the history of the quote.  http://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/06/01/creative/

Then I thought, if there was any truth to this, does the secrecy and potential obfuscation of researchers in anyway hinder Creativity and advances in medicine/science.

I am reminded how long it takes to make breakthroughs in medicine/science, put new drugs not the market, etc.

And then if that was true true could this list do anything to speed things along.

After all most think the we are not making progress fast enough in saving lives due to errors in medicine.

Just a thought. Would welcome comment.

Robert M. Bell, M.D.




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