The Nobel Prize is the most honored and prestigious award in the world, but lately I fear it has seemed more and more hidebound, and in danger of being strangled by its own rules.
To start with, there is the rule, which is not in the will, that no more than three people can share a prize. That anchors the Nobels in a bygone romantic era of the myth of the lone genius.
Modern science, however, is an internet blur of competition and collaboration. That means that no matter how well the Nobel committees do their homework, somebody is often left out in a kind of intellectual triage.
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