By Robert Marc Friedman
Advent: mythical Excellence -- everlasting Battles would certainly be Waged for each Prize -- The Stupidest Use of a Bequest That i will be able to think! -- Coming aside on the Seams -- Sympathy for a space heavily hooked up with my very own distinctiveness -- each one Nobel Prize may be Likened to a Swedish Flag -- Has the Swedish Academy of Sciences ... obvious not anything, Heard not anything, and Understood not anything? -- may still the Nobel Prize Be presented in Wartime? -- whereas the Sores Are nonetheless Dripping Blood! -- Small Popes in Uppsala -- Einstein mustn't ever Get a Nobel Prize -- to sit down on a Nobel Committee Is Like Sitting on Quicksand -- Clamor within the Academy -- do not Shoot the Piano participant, he is Doing the easiest He Can -- it might occur That natural Pettiness Enters -- One should imagine the problem Over two times -- Scandalous site visitors -- striking Dialects -- thoroughly missing an Unambiguous, goal common -- The Knights Templar
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Politics of Excellence: Behind the Nobel Prize in Science by Robert Marc Friedman