It is an excellent piece about all the mistakes we make all the time as scientists. I also enjoyed his sense of humor.
Here are the three key messages about errors:
- when the results look weird, just recheck the equations
- when the results are too good to be true, don’t prepare your tuxedo for the award ceremony, and definitely don’t buy a new house in Palo Alto with $ 5 million in mortgage, just recheck the data, they are likely to be wrong
- even if everything is perfectly fine, there is always some residual uncertainty in scientific inferences, replication is an excellent idea most of the time, and it may not pan out