I slowly and carefully completed a calculation of the Yang-Mills beta function. I happen to be ambidextrous and mildly dyslexic. So I have trouble with left/right, in/out, forward/backward, etc. Hence, I derived each partial result from scratch, paying special attention to signs and conventions. It did not take long to go from dismay over the ﬁnal minus sign (it was indeed useless for studying low energy phenomena) to excitement over the possibilities. I phoned Sidney Coleman. He listened patiently and said it was interesting. But, according to Coleman, I had apparently made an error because David Gross and his student had completed the same calculation, and they found it was plus. Coleman seemed to have more faith in the reliability of a team of two, which included a seasoned theorist, than in a single, young student. I said I’d check it yet once more. I called again about a week later to say I could ﬁnd nothing wrong with my ﬁrst calculation. Coleman said yes, he knew because the Princeton team had found a mistake, corrected it, and already submitted a paper to Physical Review Letters.
Насколько я понимаю, тут содержится намек на то, что Коулман рассказал Гроссу и Вилчеку (студенту Гросса) об отрицательном знаке у Полицера, после чего они нашли у себя ошибку, исправили и первыми опубликовали результат; и что если бы не это "рассказал", то Нобелевская премия, которую 30 лет спустя все трое получили за этот результат вместе, досталась бы одному Полицеру.