On awards

by Oded Goldreich

The (relatively new) obsessive preoccupation of SIGACT with the institution of awards gets on my nerves. In general, I see nothing positive about any type of award (in any arena, be it science, art, humanities or social service). The following two pages provide further details regarding

See my later essay On Struggle and Competition in Scientific Fields: In fact, Sec. 2.2 details the foregoing discussion, after a theoretical framework is presented in Sec 2.1.

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