|1989: At a University of Utah press conference, Fleischmann (r) |
and Pons announce their results, two weeks ahead of publication.
I won't go too deeply into the scientific frenzy the scientists' impromptu press conference generated (see Curious Wavefunction for a recap). But the sage Santayana paraphrase "Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it" seems apt, given the recent GFAJ-1 / 'arsenic life' debacle. Turns out, exciting results demand replication, and this publicity can bring more attention than you augured for.
When the press calls, you'd better have the extraordinary evidence to back up your claims.