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Emerging research fronts in science and technology: patterns of new knowledge development

By Samuel Phineas Upham Part 3 In Figs. 1–4 below we use the 1999–2004 data to show where papers comprising the clusters are distributed by discipline in our dataset (as a percent of the total). The stability of most disciplines over time is notable, with the exception of an apparent slight trend upward in the biological sciences such as molecular biology, biology, and microbiology (Table 2). One type of cluster...

Emerging research fronts in science and technology: patterns of new knowledge development

By Samuel Phineas Upham Part 2 Identifying emerging research The effort to understand innovation through an examination of co-citations among scientific and technical papers began at the Institute for Scientific Information—now Thomson Scientific—in the 1970s (Small 1976). As Sullivan et al. (1977) put it, ‘‘A series of claims for the technique of co-citation analysis…. The first and most important claim...

Emerging research fronts in science and technology: patterns of new knowledge development

By Samuel Phineas Upham Part 1 Abstract Research fronts represent the most dynamic areas of science and technology and the areas that attract the most scientific interest. We construct a methodology to identify these fronts, and we use quantitative and qualitative methodology to analyze and describe them. Our methodology is able to identify these fronts as they form—with potential use by firms, venture...

“Philosophers in Conversation” – Editted by Samuel Phineas Upham

By Samuel Phineas Upham Today’s blog post is going to be about a “Philosophers in Conversation: Interviews from the Harvard Review of Philosophy,” a book I edited while an undergraduate student at Harvard University. It contains thirteen interviews with contemporary philosophers, including Hilary Putnam, W.V. Quine, Michael Sandel, Cornel West, and Umberto Eco, to name a few. In “Philosophers in...

Thoughts on Progress

by Samuel Phineas Upham I recently re-read an essay called “Rethinking Progress: A Kantian Perspective” by Marc Schattenmann. It was included in my book Space of Love and Garbage. Marc Schattenmann is Associate Director of the Public Policy School Project at the University of Erfrot, Germany. He was a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Harvard during the 1999–2000 academic year. He is...