Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Philosophy Wire: Stolen doctorates. Dull era...

31603Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2013-02-06]:

The minister of Education in Germany was stripped off her doctorate in Philosophy due to plagiarism.

Stolen doctorates. [1] Big surprise.
I always wandered.
In a society where doctorates are increasing with geometric progression, we should have a new "Theory of Relativity"-type discovery every week...
Innovation today is a synonym for copy-paste-rebrand.
The era of people like Louis-Victor-Pierre-Raymond seems far far away..

PS. For those who do not know Louis, his 1924 "Recherches sur la théorie des quanta" (Research on the Theory of the Quanta) doctorate thesis, introduced his theory of electron waves. This included the wave–particle duality theory of matter, based on the work of Max Planck and Albert Einstein on light. The thesis examiners, unsure of the material, passed his thesis to Einstein for evaluation who endorsed his wave–particle duality proposal wholeheartedly; de Broglie was awarded his doctorate. This research culminated in the de Broglie hypothesis stating that any moving particle or object had an associated wave. An era where new science was produced based on doctorates. A different era...


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