• Recall this Book 19: Scientists, Collaboration, and Groupthink with Albion Lawrence

    Author(s):
    Elizabeth Ferry, Albion Lawrence, John Plotz
    Date:
    2019
    Item Type:
    Podcast
    Tag(s):
    Study, Collaboration
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/xk45-hj75
    Abstract:
    In this episode John and Elizabeth sit down with Brandeis string theorist Albion Lawrence to discuss cooperation versus solitary study across disciplines. They sink their teeth into the question, "Why do scientists seem to do collaboration and teamwork better than other kinds of scholars and academics?" The conversation ranges from the merits of collective biography to the influence of place and geographic location in scientific collaboration to mountaineering traditions in the sciences. As a Recallable Book, Elizabeth champions "The People of Puerto Rico," an experiment in ethnography of a nation (in this case under colonial rule) from 1956, including a chapter by Robert Manners, founding chair of the Brandeis Department of Anthropology. Albion sings the praises of a collective biography of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, A Message to Our Folks. But John stays true to his Victorianist roots by praising the contrasting images of the withered humanist Casaubon and the dashing young scientist Lydgate in George Eliot's own take on collective biography, "Middlemarch."
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