Philip Abelson

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Philip Hauge Abelson (April 27, 1913August 1, 2004) was an American physicist, editor of scientific literature, and science writer. He was the co-discoverer of the element neptunium.


  • Part of the strength of science is that it has tended to attract individuals who love knowledge and the creation of it. Just as important to the integrity of science have been the unwritten rules of the game. These provide recognition and approbation for work which is imaginative and accurate, and apathy or criticism for the trivial or inaccurate... Thus, it is the communication process which is at the core of the vitality and integrity of science...
    • The roots of scientific integrity, Editorial in Science (29 March 1963) 139: 1257 [DOI: 10.1126/science.139.3561.1257]

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