Communication As The Root Of Scientific Progress

Editor's Note: The thorough and timely review of scientific literature pertaining to a researcher's chosen specialty is fundamental to the process of science, says Nobel Prize-winning geneticist Joshua Lederberg. However, says Lederberg--former president of Rockefeller University and now University Professor at that institution--keeping up with the steady, potentially overwhelming flow of significant published documents can be a daunting chore for the diligent, conscientious researcher. In Oct

Joshua Lederberg
Feb 7, 1993

Editor's Note: The thorough and timely review of scientific literature pertaining to a researcher's chosen specialty is fundamental to the process of science, says Nobel Prize-winning geneticist Joshua Lederberg. However, says Lederberg--former president of Rockefeller University and now University Professor at that institution--keeping up with the steady, potentially overwhelming flow of significant published documents can be a daunting chore for the diligent, conscientious researcher. In October 1991, Lederberg offered his views on this matter--and his suggestions for ways in which a melding of print and electronic publishing processes promises great progress--in a lecture at the Sixth International Conference of the International Fed- eration of Science Editors in Woods Hole, Mass. Following is an edited version of his lecture. The event took place subsequent to Lederberg's leaving his post as Rockefeller's president and resuming his focus on laboratory experimentation.

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