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Interdisciplinary research

by Michael Nielsen on May 30, 2005

Interdisciplinary research: Building off a provocative post by Eszter Hargittai at Crooked Timber, Cosma Shalizi posts some interesting thoughts on how to do (and how not to do) interdisciplinary scientific research. Look for the followups too, including the link to Aaron Clauset’s post.

How does quantum information and computation stack up in this vein? One healthy thing is that quite a few computer scientists attend conferences that are predominantly physics-oriented. Conversely, while there’s only one regular conference in the field that’s predominantly computer science oriented (QIP), so far as I know, a reasonable number of physicists attend that.

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