Disasters in science #5

Sometimes we are just fooling ourselves. Nothing good comes of that.


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N-rays

Wired is running the less-than-edifying story of N-rays, discovered in 1903 by French scientist Prosper-René Blondlot. The image above is from one of Blondlot’s publications.

There was only one problem with N-rays – they did not exist. Read more about them at Wired.