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Posted on December 6, 2003. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Economist.com | LAST WORD: “Dr Mandelbrot is worried by the increasing specialisation of science or, as he terms it, its concentration into subject-specific �guilds�. Science, he says, has become like a professional sport, where an athlete’s worth is assessed solely within a narrowly defined event. While the tendency to form guilds is natural, he says, a few mavericks are essential, or the guild-based nature of science could lead to a loss of public interest and trust. Science requires the approval of society, which depends in turn on the availability of credible and articulate interlocutors. Yet guilds spend too little time forming connections with other guilds, let alone with the public at large. He believes that interdisciplinary mavericks can both break down the barriers between guilds and reconnect them with the wider world.”

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