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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

End of Individual Genius?

A interesting view, though I remember reading about this a long time ago. That most results come from research labs, not individuals. There seem to be many celebrity geniuses today, those that can position the work of others and as a result leverage the money and capability of others. Trouble is they seem also to be able to shape supposedly scientific results to their own beliefs. No longer a scientific method, but a celebrity method? Because of what sells, rather than what work is correct? From the link:

" ... Major breakthroughs in science have historically been the province of individuals, not institutes. Galileo and Copernicus, Edison and Einstein, toiling away in lonely labs or pondering the cosmos in private studies.

But in recent decades — especially since the Soviet success in launching the Sputnik satellite in 1957 — the trend has been to create massive institutions that foster more collaboration and garner big chunks of funding ... "

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