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Dr. William A. Nugent “Black Swan Events” in Organic Synthesis Angewandte Chemie International Edition 51

Version of Record online: 15 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201202348

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When a research area “goes viral”, the event typically occurs in conjunction with a major change in “conventional wisdom”. In retrospect, the literature often contains earlier hints that the original judgment was not correct. These antecedents are referred to as “Black Swan” events. The picture shows research on homogeneous gold catalysis “going viral”.

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