I’m starting a blog to post thoughts and catalyze discussion around cross-disciplinary science and technology road-mapping.
I have long felt that our longitudinal and comparative analysis of science and technology problems, and how they relate to our larger global challenges, lags behind the amazing research progress going on in each specific area or field. This blog aims to help create more of a space for this kind of discussion.
Disclaimers: Unless specifically noted otherwise, anything posted here reflects my personal opinions or general background knowledge, and does not reflect the views or work of any of my current or former employers. Moreover, I am not always an expert on any of the topics discussed here, and in any case, this content should mostly be thought of as musings during my free time, and not authoritative or peer-reviewed.
If you are interested to do a collaborative or guest post, let me know!
“…a proper exploration of these blank spaces on the map of science could only be made by a team of scientists, each a specialist in his own field but each possessing a thoroughly sound and trained acquaintance with the fields of his neighbors; all in the habit of working together, of knowing one another’s intellectual customs, and of recognizing the significance of a colleague’s new suggestion before it has taken on a full formal expression. The mathematician need not have the skill to conduct a physiological experiment, but he must have the skill to understand one, to criticize one, and to suggest one. The physiologist need not be able to prove a certain mathematical theorem, but he must be able to grasp its physiological significance and to tell the mathematician for what he should look. We had dreamed for years of an institution of independent scientists, working together in one of these backwoods of science, not as subordinates of some great executive officer, but joined by the desire, indeed by the spiritual necessity, to understand the region as a whole, and to lend one another the strength of that understanding.” — Norbert Weiner
“…the scientist may know a little patch of something… may know a few spots from other people’s work… may even be able to read a book……almost everything that’s known… he doesn’t know anything about… and that’s because it’s gotten a bit complicated……occasionally a man knows two things, and that intersection may be a great event in the history of ideas……occasionally, a man may think that something is relevant or exciting which no one before thought concerned him professionally, and that may change the history of the world…” — J. Robert Oppenheimer