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In 1905, a young patent office clerk submitted for publication a straightforward essay—On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies. Apparently oblivious as to how these things are done, he failed to enlist the services of recognized co-authors, and forgot to include a pile of citations from the leading scientific personalities of his time. I can only assume it was the most egregious of editorial board snafus that allowed that clerk’s essay to see the light of day.
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