Cite the oldest paper: the competition
June 17, 2010 § 2 Comments
So we have four articles so far that prefigure the development of the field we now call systems biology, ranging in date from 1948 to 1972. Let’s play this game a little differently. Instead of focusing on the date when the article was published, let us consider the delta between the age of the person submitting it and the age of the publication. Walter’s, John’s and Allon’s submissions score somewhere between -6 and -12, while the Bonner piece (sent to us by Elliot Meyerowitz) comes in at +9. Let’s have a little competition to see who can find the oldest paper, relative to their birth date, that describes an approach to science that looks like systems biology*. Alert students will realize that they have a considerable advantage in this game.
I’ll offer a small prize (TBD) for the top three submissions. To ensure that the older generation isn’t put off entirely, I’ll also think of a prize for the chronologically oldest submission. I guess I’d better say that articles written by someone whose work has already been submitted don’t count; I know there’s at least one more article out there by Frenster.
I’ll award the prizes at the end of the summer. See you all in the library stacks…
*According to whom? According to me, of course.