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