Another way of looking at it

The Nobel Prize Committee is better at choosing notables than the editors of Wikipedia.

9 thoughts on “Another way of looking at it”

  1. But it isn’t the ‘editors’, in any traditional sense. It is the contributors / writers.

    It’s only the editors if a page gets canned for non-notability.

  2. The Nobel’s problem is that most scientific research ain’t done by individuals any more, it’s done by vast and fluid networks of people. Physics beats even medicine and the Japanese for listing mutliple football teams as authors on papers.

    But there are still a maximum of three recipients per annual prize. It’d be ridiculously easy to individually have a rather low-profile research career, yet be picked out of that mass of people for the prize. It won’t surprise me in the least if future Nobel committees do a bit more of that, and a bit less of picking only the brash slave-driving professors.

    Talking of brash slave-driving professors, my only noteworthy interaction with a Nobel laureate during my research career was to have one (1970’s physiology/medicine, now dead) steal a research project from me (literally – my idea, my grant, no job for me). Though to be fair, by that time I didn’t want the job any more.

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    “Talking of brash slave-driving professors, my only noteworthy interaction with a Nobel laureate during my research career was to have one (1970’s physiology/medicine, now dead) steal a research project from me (literally – my idea, my grant, no job for me). Though to be fair, by that time I didn’t want the job any more.”

    Thus proving Shaw’s adage that all progress depends on the unreasonable man?

  4. “It won’t surprise me in the least if future Nobel committees do a bit more of that”

    Yes, I think they’re pretty open about it. But for all the disadvantages the convention that it’s the head of a research effort that gets the medal, the money and the prestige, does save the committee an awful lot of further research. I mean a bit of jealous carping from talented hardworking underlings below is nothing to what will arise from the mouth of the green-eyed monster if the bod next to you is pulled from obscurity to receive the medal the money and the prestige.

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