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Proliferation dynamics in new sciences

  • Bonaccorsi, Andrea
  • Vargas, Juan
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    The paper studies the dynamics of production of knowledge in an emergent scientific field, Nanoscience. It suggests that scientific knowledge advances by proliferation, or the turbulent entry of new sub-fields, each generating opportunities for further entries at each time. It suggests a new methodology to define and measure the dynamics of knowledge, based on the industrial dynamics of keywords and a formal representation through bipartite graphs. An empirical examination of the graph dynamics in the early stage of the scientific field (1988-2002) confirms the notion of proliferation.

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    Volume (Year): 39 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 8 (October)
    Pages: 1034-1050

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:respol:v:39:y:2010:i:8:p:1034-1050
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