TULSA, OKLAHOMA, USA. - In a long expected news release, Algebra Consulting International announced introduction of a new prize intended to promote innovative scientists disseminating their views on the Internet.
``Usenet Newsgroups are an amazing new medium for innovators in science'', said Dmitri Chesnokov, Principal Scientist at Algebra Consulting International. ``Anyone with fresh ideas can disseminate them freely to tens of thousands of people worldwide and no one can stop the flow of creative thought. What matters now is not the academic credentials and acceptance in rigid academic circles, but originality of ideas and right choice of forums.''
Mr. Igor Chudov, CEO of Algebra Consulting Intl., explains what was behind the decision to introduce the Radical Science Award: ``It is a known fact that the most significant scientific discoveries have been made by outstanding geniuses whose ideas were not immediately accepted. Among such discoveries were the Democritus' hypothesis about existence of atoms, Kopernik's theory of the solar system, Freud's psychoanalysis, the discovery of proton and neutrino rest mass, binary search sorting algorithms and access methods, and others.''
``Were these ideas noted and accepted earlier,'' - he explains - ``the humanity would benefit enormously. As a high technology consulting company, we also benefited from earlier scientific discoveries. Now we want to return our debt and do our part in helping new scientific theories to be accepted earlier.''
According to Dr. Chesnokov, the primary purpose of the award is twofold: to support those working on the front of scientific research and using USENET to spread the word about their discoveries, and to gather more respect to innovators publishing their new ideas.
``The sheer weight of prestige of our prize would naturally help scientific community to pay more attention to new ideas, thus acelerating their acceptance.''
The monetary amount of the prize has not been fixed, but it is expected to be slightly less than the Nobel prize. Algebra Consulting is now accepting nominations for the 1996 Radical Science Awards. ``Since we are going to promote innovators who might not be getting sufficient support from academic establishment, we can only accept self-nominations. A [self-]nomination must be posted to USENET and be supported by summary of scientific achievements of the nominee. '' An authoritative committee composed of non-establishment scientists will be created in order to grant the award. The award may be split among several contenders.
Because of reluctance of scientific establishment to allow new ideas to be published in the mainstream press, only USENET posts and not publications in academic magazines may be accepted as evidence for the award.
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Attn applicants and nominees: please forward your nominations and self-nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your submissions will be carefully considered and posted for open public discussion. We need volunteers for our review committee.
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