Science: Stars Flayed

American Men of Science is the U. S. Who's Who of scientific learning. The fifth and latest edition (1933) is a fat volume listing some 20,000 names, of which about 1,000 are starred with an asterisk, to designate "leading scientific workers," i. e., those chosen by election among men of standing in their respective fields. Most U. S. scientists covet the star as a signal honor, but the star system itself has repeatedly been criticized as unfair and misleading.

Editor of American Men of Science since its first edition (1906) is James...

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