Nicolas Chevassus-au-Louis is an investigative journalist who writes about history and science for Mediapart. The author of several books on science and technology, he has a doctorate in biology and has worked as a researcher in a biomedical laboratory.
Chevassus-au-Louis charts some of the more egregious examples of recent scientific deceit: plagiarism, manipulated results, outright falsification. The problem, he argues, is that the intense pressure on scientists today--to 'publish or perish'--is corrupting the culture of science and positively incentivizing misconduct and dishonesty.-- (09/17/2020) Sees journalist Nicolas Chevassus-au-Louis, a former lab researcher, investigate cases of deception in science, from made-up data and manipulated results to retouching and plagiarism.--New Scientist (08/24/2019) Tackles the issue of scientific fraud head-on, with some tough love for the scientific community. The book should be read by everyone interested in the sciences.-- (12/06/2019) This bracing critical analysis...skewers the 'publish or perish' lab culture driving scientific fraud...Shows the serious, real-life impacts of 'data beautification, ' manipulated images, and plagiarism.--Nature (08/14/2019) Part expose and part manifesto...No time should be lost confronting the kinds of misconduct outlined in Fraud in the Lab and reaffirming the ideals of scientific inquiry.--Wall Street Journal (08/14/2019) A convincing, concise, and critical analysis of the growing cases of deviant science, from botched experiments to data embellishment and outright fabrication.--Yves Gingras, author of Bibliometrics and Research Evaluation: Uses and Abuses Fraud in the Lab makes a convincing case that today's scientific culture, emphasizing speed and quantity of publication, breeds fraud and secrecy, destroys lives, and cheats society. Chevassus-au-Louis advocates a responsibility to turn to slow science, emphasizing the quality of both thinking and evidence, as the path to better science for a better world.--Anne Tsui, Cofounder, Responsible Research in Business and Management Fraud in the Lab has an analytic structure that builds a patient case.--Philip Kitcher Los Angeles Review of Books (11/28/2019)