Even less than a century ago, it was individual excellence that mattered over teamwork in almost every field of human endeavor. For example, in science, people like Rutherford, Bohr and Einstein epitomized the importance of the individual. However, today, you would be hard-pressed to name one individual scientist involved in the CERN Large Hadron Collider project that discovered the Higgs boson to worldwide acclaim recently. That’s because it was a true collaboration between scientists across the globe.
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