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Rejecting and resisting Nobel class discoveries: accounts by Nobel Laureates

Lack of progress in science is never so much due to any scarcity of factual information as it is to the fixed mindsets of scientists themselves.

[Schram, 1992, P. 357]

A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.

[Planck, 1949, PP. 33–34]

Abstract

I review and discuss instances in which 19 future Nobel Laureates encountered resistance on the part of the scientific community towards their discoveries, and instances in which 24 future Nobel Laureates encountered resistance on the part of scientific journal editors or referees to manuscripts that dealt with discoveries that later would earn them the Nobel Prize.

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Campanario, J.M. Rejecting and resisting Nobel class discoveries: accounts by Nobel Laureates. Scientometrics 81, 549–565 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-008-2141-5

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