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Warning: Don't Let Your Elders Brainwash You

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Science  28 Aug 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5944, pp. 1060
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_1060

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Catherine Cesarsky says scientific road maps in astronomy can stifle the creativity of young scientists. She laid out her concerns this month at the IAU meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and elaborated on the dangers of such "bandwagon effects" in a conversation with Science.