Field of Science

Author's delight

Now this is the kind of comment that I look forward to from a reviewer:
"Referee's report: This paper contains much that is new and much that is true. Unfortunately, that which is true is not new and that which is new is not true."

In H. Eves, Return to Mathematical Circles, Boston: Prindle, Weber, and Schmidt, 1988.
Another memorable comment was kindly passed on to me by Prof. Tony Barrett of Imperial College, London.
"This paper should be reduced by 50% and oxidised by 150%"- Anon


  1. That comment is plagiarized from Samuel Johnson:

    "Your manuscript is both good and original. But the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good."

  2. Ah...I got the feeling it had to be borrowed. Thanks.


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