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Excellence and Creativity in Science

  • Rolf Luft
  • Hans Löw

Abstract

The great discoveries within the natural sciences and medicine are usually followed by explosive development in the new area: an explorative and exploitive phase, where the original findings are reproduced and filled out to be incorporated into our thinking. At its best this leads to a widening of the framework of ideas and enables the completion of partly formulated ideas. During this exploitive phase of research the quality of excellence plays a decisive role. Excellent or outstanding are those who grasp rapidly the distinctiveness of a new concept, those who are endowed with knowledge wide enough to exploit fully the new concept and who in addition have the necessary technical skill. However, the one who created the opportunities for this development was the one who gave birth to the new idea—the innovator—the creator.

Keywords

Nobel Prize Nobel Laureate Developmental Research Explosive Development Threatening Picture 
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References

  1. 1.
    Zuckerman, H., 1980, Scientific Elite: Nobel Laureates in the United States, Free Press, New York.Google Scholar
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    Lipsett, S. M., and Ladd, E. C., 1971, Jewish academics in the United States: Their achievements, culture and politics, American Jewish Yearbook, pp. 89–128.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rolf Luft
    • 1
  • Hans Löw
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EndocrinologyKarolinska HospitalStockholmSweden

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