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Priority in “discovery,” which sometimes leads to eponymy, is a highly prized form of reward in the scientific community. Recognition of priority is a norm whose violation will bring opprobrium (e.g. suspicion of plagiarism) upon the offender. But in order for an idea to receive an attribution of novelty, and its author to be acknowledged, it must first be noticed. This essay is a case study of an innovation that was “overlooked” for many years by many.

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The essay is a contribution to the study on an aspect of the workings of science.


One thing that puzzled me (and still does) when I was doing research for this paper is: Why was Chuprov's article in Metron written in English, when clearly he did not seem to have a very good command of the language. And why did the editors of that publication review and correct the many grammatical lapses of Chuprov's paper. Most of the paper is composed of mathematical formulas; the written is quite short; so, it would not have been much work to edit it.

Dominic Lusinchi
University of California, Berkeley

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This page is a summary of: Chuprov and Neyman: Priority in Science and the Uneven Diffusion of Scientific Results, Journal of Historical Sociology, September 2020, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/johs.12288.
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