Let’s Bring the Polymath and the Dabblers Back

  • December 18, 2013
  • By a2ru      
We need to focus on the tools, not the fields, and find relationships between disparate areas.


Samuel Arbesman explores the value of interdisciplinarity and the need for generalist thinking in world that values specialists. Arbesman, who is a mathematician and network scientist, was inspired to write his article for Wired after reading Robert Twigger’s piece in Aeon on the need to resurrect the polymath. Arbesman challenges academia’s tendency towards specialization as it doesn’t prepare students for what they encounter in the working world when they graduate. Both settings have value and need to meet in the middle.

Link to Full Source: Wired