Most published scientific research papers are wrong, according to a new analysis. Assuming that the new paper is itself correct, problems with experimental and statistical methods mean that there is less than a 50% chance that the results of any randomly chosen scientific paper are true. —**Kurt Kleiner** —Most scientific papers are probably wrong (New Scientist)

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This is my favorite line: “When I read the literature, I’m not reading it to find proof like a textbook.” But I AM looking for that – that’s why I read papers in mathematics! All – that’s right, all – papers based on population surveys and statistical analysis are potentially faulty! Come to contemporary math (MA105) this semester to learn about statistical variation and sampling problems!

PS – sorry about the half-comment above this – feel free to delete it.

[Done! –DGJ]