Is Your Discipline Hooking Up Behind Your Back?

17 03 2009

This from PLoS ONE is more than cool art, it’s your mind on science!

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. . .Such clickstream maps of science, he said, “can offer an immediate perspective on what is taking place in science and can thus aid the detection of emerging trends, inform funding agencies, and aid researchers in exploring the interdisciplinary relationships between various scientific disciplines.”

The findings also suggest, Mr. Bollen said, that the social sciences and the humanities don’t get the inspirational credit they deserve when their contributions are viewed through traditional citation data. —Paul Basken

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17 03 2009
JJ

Maybe it’s like a grocery store then, with easily defined specialty sections like produce, deli, wine, pharmaceuticals all around on the perimeter, the more familiar and less dramatic, less self-contained and clearly defined multi-purpose ingredients and staples all through the middle?

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