Perks and personality
… that is, how one of the perks of being as good at their work as these authors, is that they can get away with starting the abstract as follows:
This article was written in 2005 and subsequently lost (at least by the third author). Recently it resurfaced due to one of the colleagues to whom a hard copy has been sent in 2005.
It doesn’t quite beat my favourite attempt by someone to inject some humour into the faintly self-important business of putting preprints on the arXiv, which is this preprint and the claim in its opening paragraph that “the first author’s long-awaited monograph on the topic should be illuminating”.