Mr Googleberg

A cautionary tale for students comes from Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, the German politician who, having been discovered plagiarising parts of his PhD, not only renounced his doctorate but has now resigned from his ministerial post. Among several unkind nicknames given to him by the German media, he has been referred to as Googleberg.

My German is well below GCSE standard so I’m not remotely qualified to read the PhD thesis in question, but nevertheless I’m taken with the way that Der Spiegel has made elements of the document available on the web, along with sources, so that you can see the offending passages. Slide the vertical bar to see both the sources and the Guttenberg PhD thesis, and select the different sources from the list on the left

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