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Science  29 Jan 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5402, pp. 645-646
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5402.645a

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Physicists in Conflict. Neil A. Porter. Institute of Physics Publishing, Bristol, UK, 1998. 291 pp. $39.50, £25. ISBN 0-7503-0509-6.

Porter has written a collection of often disappointing accounts on a variety of conflicts: premodern clashes with religion, simple scientific blunders, political difficulties faced by scientists advising governments, and controversies within various fields of modern physics.

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