Linked by David Adams on Mon 25th Jun 2012 19:32 UTC, submitted by Adurbe
In the News The BBC reports on a Turing scholar's recent claims that by today's standard of evidence, there's reason to doubt the commonly-held belief that the famed computing pioneer committed suicide in response to government persecution over his homosexuality. To be clear, he does not claim to have disproved the suicide theory -- only that the cyanide poisoning that killed Turing could well have been an accident caused by his careless at-home experimentation with dangerous chemicals.
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RE: Time scale
by Alfman on Tue 26th Jun 2012 14:31 UTC in reply to "Time scale"
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"First, lets recap that most brilliant scientists do not get widespread recognition of their hard work on their life."

I agree, but I don't think the phenomenon is in any way restricted to science. This exact same recognition distribution bias occurs in art, acting, literature, news-reporting, politics, business, etc. It's just that we don't have the capacity to follow all the people who merit recognition, so we tend to over-credit a very small subset.

Who here recognises Michael Collins? Who else is he associated with? Take a pause to figure it out...

Ok, he was a co-pilot with Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong. The only guy I personally remembered by heart was Neil Armstrong. NASA had a backup team who were fully qualified, and eventually went in subsequent missions...hardly a peep in history - I don't recognise any. The NASA engineers who actually made the missions possible, nada.

Now this was a big public operation, but the same thing happens on a smaller scale in our everyday lives too, where a boss or leader may get both the recognition and reward for accomplishments technically achieved by others. That's just part of life, I guess.

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