Science as competition
AoKs/WoKs: Natural sciences, ethics
1. Is competition good for natural sciences?
2. Is cooperation compatible with competition?
3. Should achievement be rewarded with monetary prizes?
4. Who should evaluate achievement?
Category & link: Article
Description: This month has seen the awarding of the Nobel Prizes, with the scientist Peter Higgs jointly receiving the physics prize for correctly predicting almost 40 years ago the existence of the Higgs boson. This article was written just before the announcement, and highlights the difficulty on deciding who should end up receiving the prestige, the money, and the fame associated with humankind’s biggest accolade.
Source: The Guardian