Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Matt Strassler's "OPERA: What Went Wrong?"

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I'm a bit late to the party, but if you haven't read Matt Strassler's analysis of what went wrong with the OPERA's result, you should! It not only gives you a good overview of what happened and what might have happened, but you should also read his personal take on the matter, and why the OPERA leaderships made a poor judgement on how they announced the results.

Like I said earlier, it appears that many people forgot the Cold Fusion debacle and lessons on how to handle a potentially-explosive news. Things have changed a lot since the late 80's when Cold Fusion debacle occurred, and news and rumors spread almost instantaneously nowadays. So the OPERA debacle is many times worse.

One can only hope the next group of people with such a type of result will learn from this embarrassment.


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