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Science that sings

Computer scientist Leslie Lamport's seminal work in distributed systems may be esoteric but the Turing Award winner says even technical papers should sparkle and shine. He's out to ensure scientists think clearly and write well.

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"There's just so much stuff being published, why should you want to just add another piece to that? You should only publish if you have something really important to say. And if you don't have something important to say, then don't say it." - Leslie Lamport.

FOR a scientist, Leslie Lamport - winner of the 2013 Turing Award, widely considered the Nobel Prize for computing - has a somewhat unusual way of describing his day job. "I do two things. I'm a writer and I'm a performer. That's because I write (technical) papers and I also give lectures," says...