“I simply didn't think, ok?” some reflections on the quality of scientific research

  • Alice Benessia Interdisciplinary Research Institute on Sustainability, University of Torino

Abstract

In this paper, I explore the elusive yet crucial issue of the quality of research, taking the renowned theoretical physicist Richard Feynman as a narrative expedient. The story follows Feynman along two main episodes that mark the transition from curiosity-oriented science to big technoscientific enterprise:  the Manhattan Project and the  Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. Along the way, I examine the relationship between quality and truth, fitness for purpose and integrity, considering their relevance and limitations. I conclude by reflecting on quality and reflexivity in current times.

Author Biography

Alice Benessia, Interdisciplinary Research Institute on Sustainability, University of Torino

 

 

 

 

Published
2021-09-25
Section
2021 Winter Solstice - Special Issue