Striking the Mother Lode in Science

Striking the Mother Lode in Science : The Importance of Age, Place and Time

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How much truth is there to the popular belief that science is a young person's game? Is America's older scientific community retarding economic growth? Using a unique data base and an interdisciplinary approach, the authors address these and other questions. They find evidence that exceptional contributions to science are more likely to be made by those under 40. Age matters, but not nearly as much for "average" scientists. Success in science also depends on RPRT - being in the "right place at the right time." Not all generations of scientists have equal access to the type of jobs that foster productivity; nor do they have the good fortune to be educated when path-breaking events are occuring their field. Economic conditions in science during the last 25 years have conspired to make those who entered science less productive than their predecessors. In addition, extreme competition for jobs and grants can make them behave in a dysfunctional manner. The authors conclude that the absence of a national science policy can cause serious problems for the United States, and they outline a policy to boost productivity in American science. Clearly written, with many pointed anecdotes, this work will appeal to anyone interested in science or science policy.show more

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  • Hardback | 207 pages
  • 165.1 x 242.82 x 21.84mm | 508.02g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • tables
  • 0195064054
  • 9780195064056

Table of contents

Introduction; How science is done: Why science is done; Why age may matter; Age and scientific productivity: Must one be young to do great things?; Does the age structure of science matter?; The importance of place and time; Quality in science; Age, cohort, anbd scientific productivity: A case study; Conclusion; References; Index.show more

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