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Comments on Medical Researcher 'Discovers' Integration
Updated! Do we need a specific type of scientist or researcher that specializes in knowing the specifics of many different fields of knowledge? (Read the complete story)

"I would use simpson's rule instead of the trapezoid rule, but that is only an approximation of the definite integral, which would be exact. I would try to get an exact answer first. "
(aaronc 12/13/2010 8:53:38 PM)
"This job category has already been outlined. It's called a Renaissance Man. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polymath I know you know this, but I guess it took one to remind you."
(Michael 12/14/2010 5:49:20 PM)
"Integrating a function is the same thing right? That's HS calculus..."
(duG 12/15/2010 11:58:15 AM)
"Another prime example, tho it's admittedly much newer, is in Stephen Lawhead's book "Dreamthief", where they have people who's job is to be a "Sparkplug", someone who sees how different disciplines fit together, and where they're missing stuff that exists in another discipline."
(Ashley 12/17/2010 11:34:00 AM)
"Ashley, thanks! I've added a reference for Spark Plug (Systematician) from Dream Thief by Stephen Lawhead."
(Bill Christensen 12/17/2010 2:58:36 PM)
"Does the character Fal 'Ngeestra in the culture novel consider phlebas count?"
(vince 12/17/2010 6:26:16 PM)
"We Called them librarians back in my day. I guess nobody goes to the library any more. hey wasn't there a SF story on that same lines, maybe by Issac A"
(Paperburn 12/17/2010 7:45:14 PM)
"Ha! Nice going, Paperburn. It's true, a first-rate librarian can be very helpful. However, during my last trip to the UM Graduate Library, I was helped by someone whose primary expertise was typing in extended queries on their various databases..."
(Bill Christensen 12/17/2010 8:12:30 PM)
"Vince, thanks for writing in. Here's a quick paragraph from 'Consider Phlebas' by Iain M. Banks.

'Fal 'Ngeestra was a Culture Referrer, one of those thirty, maybe forty, out of eighteen trillion who could give you an intuitive idea of what was going to happen, or tell you why she thought that something which had already happened had happened the way it did, and almost certainly turn out to be right every time...'

Another fascinating bit from Iain M. Banks; I don't think this was quite what I was looking for, but thanks for the glimpse into Banks' books, Vince. Also, please feel welcome to submit technovelgy from the works of Iain M. Banks!"
(Bill Christensen 12/17/2010 8:15:34 PM)

"Heh. Librarians tend to be useful in inverse degree to the size of the city their library is in. (also, I'm actually a guy, and Ashley is a family name, as my father and grandfather had it also)"
(Ashley 12/19/2010 9:55:07 AM)
"Sorry about that; I know a guy from Italy named "Andrea" who is also forced to make corrections constantly. The public "libraries" in my town have mostly been converted to free Internet browsing sites."
(Bill Christensen 12/19/2010 10:27:23 AM)
"Yeah. Tho the cause for need for corrections here is that everyone seems to think "Ashley" is a girl's name, despite it traditionally being a guy's name, and still being listed as such in name-books, simply because about a generation ago a large number of girls were given the name. (technically, it was more of a surname, than a given-name, but when used as a given-name it was traditionally only for guys) And about libraries, they're shutting them down here where I live. Even the main branch is not open all week, any more, and I live in Charlotte, NC. (and they've been getting rid of all the interesting books, and just keeping the fluff-books, like "romances")"
(Ashley 12/20/2010 8:13:02 AM)

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