Divide and concur: A physics paper with 5,154 authors

A physics paper with 5,154 authors is the newest reached pinnacle in people’s drive to divide and concur, when there’s credit to be had. Those 5,154 physicists stand a-write on the collective shoulders of the 976 physicians who shared the 1993 Ig Nobel Prize for literature. That 1993 Ig Nobel prize was awarded to Eric Topol [pictured here], R. Califf, F. Van […]

The lead author (of 976 co-authors) is not an author?

We received a strange direct message (on Twitter) from Dr. Eric Topol [pictured here], who—to all appearances—was lead author on a study that lists (approximately) 976 co-authors. Dr. Topol sent the message specifically to say that he is not a co-author of that study. The study is: “An international randomized trial comparing four thrombolytic strategies for […]

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