They probably should've kept the whole thing quiet while they sorted it out, or at least as quiet as scientists can keep anything.
Actually, they followed the scientific method completely. Science is about finding a repeatable experiment. We accept that water freezes at 0C because we can repeat the experiment ourselves and see that it is true. In fact, the only reason they figured something was wrong was because they proverbially got water to freeze at 0.01C. Their results conflicted what was considered a repeatable experiment (Theory of Relativity).
They had completed an experiment and couldn't figure out why the results were as they were. So they practically begged other scientists to point out what they screwed up. They didn't reach a consensus; they presented their results and welcomed scrutiny.
They are the model for how science should be approached regardless of field.
Originally Posted by Xenor-Nyiad
I wouldn't be surprised if he was wrong about something.
I'm sure he will be found to be wrong about something. Science will continue to improve and we will find an exception to his rule, and then we will find an exception to that rule.