Self preservation…

Since most concepts of science are relatively simple (once you understand them), any ambitious scientist must, in self-preservation, prevent his colleagues from discovering that his ideas are simple too. So, if he can write his published contributions obscurely and uninterestingly enough, no one will attempt to read them, but all will instead genuflect in awe before such erudition.
— Nicolas Vanserg, On the Nature of Mathematical Reports

Taken from Jules Vleugels preface to his phd thesis.

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