Science on the map

Mapping genetic interactions is old hat, but now scientists are mapping science itself, and looked to see how it's been changing. According to the results of a mathematical model, neuroscience, for example, has only evolved into a mature scientific discipline, like molecular biology and medicine, in the last decade, according to linkurl:the study published online today;http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0008694 (January 28) in PLoS ONE. A set of scientific fields t

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Jan 27, 2010
Mapping genetic interactions is old hat, but now scientists are mapping science itself, and looked to see how it's been changing. According to the results of a mathematical model, neuroscience, for example, has only evolved into a mature scientific discipline, like molecular biology and medicine, in the last decade, according to linkurl:the study published online today;http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0008694 (January 28) in PLoS ONE.
A set of scientific fields that shows the major shifts in the last decade of science.
All journals that are clustered in the field of neuroscience in 2007
are colored to highlight the fusion and formation of neuroscience.
To see the full size image, click linkurl:here.;http://www.eurekalert.org/multimedia/pub/media/19806.JPG

Image: Figure 3 from linkurl:PLoS ONE doi:10.1371,;http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0008694
Martin Rosvall and Carl T. Bergstrom
While scientists have developed tools for understanding the complexity of biological systems, mapping how these systems change over time has proven a much more difficult task. Specifically, without identifying...




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