Here’s a map of science*!
The work, by Richard Klavans and Kevin Boyack, shows aspects of the connectivity of relations between scientific disciplines (colour key to the left), based on analysis of about 1.6 million scientific articles. Rather pretty isn’t it? And, yes, of course, very interesting to see the connectivity visualized like that.
Please visit their website to see how to visually slice all of this to highlight areas of the map by (a limited selection of) countries, regions, institutions, blue vs red state (!), etc.
There’s more information about the relationships in this Seed article, where there’s a Continue reading ‘Finding Your Way’
While listening this morning to President Bush splutter and stumble his way through a bunch of mostly softball questions from the press at the Whitehouse (as usual), I was put in mind of this recent excellent Onion article, entitled “Heroic Secret Service Agent Takes Question Intended For Bush”.
It’s brilliantly funny. There’s analysis of the event, interviews, etc.
Have a read.
From the BBC*, I learned that there’s been an unexpected turn around in science education in the UK:
The latest statistics from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service on applications to join full-time degree courses, show double-figure percentage rises compared with the same time last year for physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering and technology.
The speculations have begun:
While admission officers admit that they are baffled by this sudden and unexpected surge in interest, many secondary school and university tutors are convinced this is a result of long hard work by many working our education system.
“We really make a point of doing fun, practical things with all pupils when it comes to the sciences,” said Richard West, the head of science and physics at St Peter’s Collegiate School in Wolverhampton.
“We are encouraging after school science activities like astronomy and animal clubs and taking part in national competitions.”
Various other possible reasons are discussed as well, such as:
Continue reading ‘The First Green Shoots of Recovery?’