Scientific fields by purity

By Grant Jacobs 21/09/2013


When I first saw this cartoon my thoughts were of the opposite situation, of how fields to the left say that those to their right “don’t see the big picture”.

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(Source: xkcd, of course. CC A-NC 2.5)

On a smaller scale—on the scale of individual research topics—it can be thought of as a reminder to not just care that the details (looking at an issue in a reductionist way), but to also care about the setting a thing sits within.*

Footnotes

Another line of thinking on this can be seen in this Scientific American blog post, Applied Purity. Hat tip to Bora Zivkovic for reminding me of the cartoon.

* This is, in part, the theme of the opening post of my upcoming Not Just DNA topic/series.


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How to spot a badly-drawn DNA helix (all these left-handed helices are embarrassing)