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How to Win and Lose a Nobel Prize

Consider Austria: a small land-locked nation of a mere eight million people, maintaining and managing borders with eight other countries. An area not much bigger than Tasmania, it’s much shrunken since its great days as the heart of the Austro-Hungarian empire, and before that the Austrian empire and even earlier as an important component of the Holy Roman Empire. Yet it has produced the most astonishing crop of intellectuals, probably more for its size than any other country in the world. When I started to list them, I found they stretched across all regions of human endeavour and achievement. The…

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