(...and I love the quote he includes from Howard Aiken: “Don’t worry about people stealing an idea. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats.”) ;-)
Lipton employs several famous math examples for his discussion, and ends with this question for his readers:
"Should researchers be encouraged to share ideas earlier than we do now? What mechanisms are needed to be sure that proper credit is given out? Would you publish a partial result?"
ADDENDUM: another pertinent post here: