What is Sagan effect in Science?

  • This is a hypothesis which states that the popularity of a scientist among the general public is inversely proportional to his scientific accomplishment.
  • That is, a scientist who spends too much effort making science popular among the masses is believed to be one whose scientific work is not the best.
  • The Sagan effect is named after American astronomer Carl Sagan who popularised science among Americans through the famous 1980 science television series Cosmos. Sagan, a prolific scientist with several scientific papers to his name, suffered various professional setbacks because fellow scientists thought a science populariser cannot be a serious scientist.


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