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Science  02 Mar 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6379, eaao0185
DOI: 10.1126/science.aao0185

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    • P Ramesh Menon, Faculty Pediatric Pulmonologist and Intensivist for Cardiac surgeon, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

    I read the article with considerable interest .
    "....the highest-impact science is grounded in conventional combinations of prior work but features unusual combinations.........as the locus of research is shifting into teams,.....finding that small teams tend to disrupt science and technology with new ideas drawing on older and less prevalent ones. In contrast, large teams tend to develop recent, popular ideas, obtaining high, but often short-lived, impact."
    Disruptive science and/ or Fuzzy logic have always been creativ(ity) fountain heads! When the curious mind is not satisfied by the established answers or is not getting reproducible results, it engages in a "re"search! It also is very productive in such a "hunting expedition" to keep the group lean and mean ! After all, Steve Jobs is a global (human) phenomenon for exemplifying these two principles.
    The Interprofessionalism as a source of creativity in Science is a recent phenomenon. The idea of the "density of interface" between disciplines is a "slippery slope". "Densification at the boundaries of science is also a signal of transdisciplinary exploration, fusion, and innovation. A life-cycle analysis of eight fields (10) shows that successful fields undergo a process of knowledge and social unification that leads to a giant connected component in the collaboration network, corresponding to a sizeable group of regular coauthors...." For th...

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