How science is connected

This morning, I stumbled upon a not so much anthropology centered piece of information, but it is interesting none-the-less.

The image to your right is a map of relationships among scientific papers published in certain set of Science Connection Mapnatural and physcial sciences. It documents the intricacies and correlations between disciplines, and what you see is pretty remarkable…. it kinda reminds me of a phylogenetic map with the bushes and what not.

“This map was constructed by sorting roughly 800,000 published papers into 776 different scientific paradigms (shown as pale circular nodes) based on how often the papers were cited together by authors of other papers. Links (curved black lines) were made between the paradigms that shared papers, then treated as rubber bands, holding similar paradigms nearer one another when a physical simulation forced every paradigm to repel every other; thus the layout derives directly from the data. Larger paradigms have more papers; node proximity and darker links indicate how many papers are shared between two paradigms. Flowing labels list common words unique to each paradigm, large labels general areas of scientific inquiry.”

Often, anthropology is sold as the discipline that intersects the natural sciences to the social ones. It would be interesting to see a similar image that shows this bridge between these two worlds in academia. I wonder if anyone has made one, or plans to make one? Anyways, if you want a free print of this image, as in a free 25″ x 24″ poster, you can order on here.

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