A Measure of Science

Weekend reading: The Wisdom of Crowds vs The Black Swan

Shaun Hendy Jun 25, 2010

The Black Swan by Nicholas Taleb (Random House, 2007, 366 pages). The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki (Anchor, 2005, 336 pages). Do markets work?  Writing from perspectives that precede the recent financial crisis, Nicholas Taleb, Wall Street trader turned academic, and James Surowiecki, economics correspondent for the New Yorker, offer insights into the strengths … Read More

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The fiftieth post

Shaun Hendy Jun 18, 2010

Having reached my fiftieth post, I will indulge myself a little by reflecting on some of the posts that have been and gone. Writing this blog has been both a lot of fun and a lot of work. Thanks to google analytics I can see that people do read it, although some articles attract considerably more readers than others. Read More

The new Rutherford Discovery Fellowships

Shaun Hendy May 28, 2010

In its budget releases earlier this month, the Government provided more details about the new Rutherford Discovery Fellowships.  In particular, the funding for these Fellowships has been obtained by axing NZ S&T Post-Doctoral Fellowships, a scheme that brought myself and a number of my colleagues at the MacDiarmid Institute back to New Zealand early in our careers. As … Read More

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Canadian research networks

Shaun Hendy May 14, 2010

I am in the USA this week attending a meeting of a Canadian research network that is very similar in some ways to New Zealand’s Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs).  The Canadian scheme is called CIFAR (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research) and was set up in the 1980s to try to counter the understandable tendency of Canadian scientists … Read More

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Review of the New Zealand IP system released

Shaun Hendy May 03, 2010

The Ministry of Economic Development released a report on the state of New Zealand’s IP system last month.  The report, written for MED by Auckland Uniservices, was based on a number of stakeholder surveys conducted last year.  The aim of the review was described in MED’s request for proposals as: … to ensure government policies and … Read More

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Scientific collaboration within Australasian cities

Shaun Hendy Apr 26, 2010

Does scientific collaboration depend on city size?  And if it does, are smaller cities with fewer institutions and fewer scientists more collaborative?  Or do bigger cities with more specialisation and more opportunities for interaction support more collaboration? To get at this question, I looked at scientific papers published in 2009 listed in the Thompson … Read More

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