Public Expertise Fuels Research Innovation

Get an Old Fashioned or three into a researcher and they’ll eventually start complaining how their discipline is stuck in a rut, plowing already well-turned fields, scraping the last bit of ore off the side of the mine shaft.

It’s not just the alcohol talking: There’s now a small subfield (not stuck in a rut) tracking and discussing the decline in research productivity and the flow of ideas post WWII.…