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Science  09 Oct 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6257, pp. 168
DOI: 10.1126/science.aad0234

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In Undisciplining Knowledge, author Harvey J. Graff aims to counter the "accepted narrative" of interdisciplinarity in the modern research university as a linear and almost teleological process, by placing 12 historical case studies within an integrated historical, social, and contextual framework. Although the book provides insightful answers to largely underexplored questions about interdisciplinary scholarship, reviewer Yael Peled believes its main contribution lies in refining and reframing these questions for the benefit of historians of science and interdisciplinary researchers.