Riding on the tail of the coauthorship explosion
Once upon a time, well-bred scientists sucked on the end of a quill and produced magnum opuses with single-author bylines, such as Charles Darwin’s The origin of species. Following the model of other creative domains (eg, Rodgers and Hammerstein for musicals, Gilbert and Sullivan for operettas, and Galton and Simpson for television series), scientists moved to byline couplings (eg, the double-helix twist of Crick and Watson).
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