The Scientific Olympics: The Contest Among Scientists

  • Jose Luis Perez Velazquez


In the course of doing science/research scholars fall prey to desires, they covet prizes, fame, fortune, which sooner or later leads to a most common human characteristic: rivalry, competition, perhaps envy. These features are fostered by the large number of scholars that populate the globe today — greater number than at any other past time— together with the limited funds available for research. The end result is that science lives in a state of hypercompetition.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jose Luis Perez Velazquez
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  1. 1.The Ronin InstituteNew YorkUSA

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