THE CURSE OF SCHOLARSHIP

In every Garden of Eden there is a snake; in each jar of ointment a fly. In mathematics, it is the irrational number. In politics it is the maverick and in religion, the iconoclast. Every enterprise has its dirty little secret. But when it comes to scholarship, the serpent is far more insidious. It is a scourge that erodes the very foundation of the research and subjects the scholar to ridicule…