The Rule of Three for Prizes in Science and the Bold Triptychs of Francis Bacon

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Abstract

For many scientific awards, such as Nobels and Laskers, the maximum number of recipients is three. This Rule of Three forces selection committees to make difficult decisions that increase the likelihood of singling out those individuals who open a new field and continue to lead it. The Rule of Three is reminiscent of art's three-panel triptych, a form that the modern master Francis Bacon used to distill complex stories in a bold way.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-8
Number of pages4
JournalCell
Volume167
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 22 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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