scientist Étienne Klein apologizes for his hoax

The scientist and philosopher had passed off a slice of chorizo ​​as a snapshot of Proxima Centauri. He explained that he wanted this gesture to “encourage caution” in the face of the dissemination of images on social networks.

French scientist Étienne Klein has apologized on Twitter for a hoax passing off a slice of chorizo ​​as a snapshot of the star Proxima Centauri, a move that was intended “to urge cautionabout the images circulating on social media. “I come to present my apologies to those whom my hoax, which had nothing original about it, may have shocked. He simply wanted to urge caution with images that seem eloquent on their own.“, tweeted Wednesday August 3 Étienne Klein, physicist and philosopher of science.

On Sunday, the French scientist posted a photo of a slice of chorizo ​​against a black background, claiming it was an image of the closest star to the Sun, priced with the brand new space telescope James Webb (JWST). “Photo of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun, located 4.2 light years from us. She was awarded by the JWST. This level of detail… A new world is revealed day after day“Commented Étienne Klein above the photo on a tweet.

Director of research at the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Étienne Klein, 64, is also the producer of the radio program “Science in questionon France Culture. His publication, revealed by the online media HuffPost, has been widely shared on social networks in recent hours.

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