Current Projects

Here is a selection of some of the projects that we are currently working on.

Aesthetics of Explanation

Most knowledge-making processes aim at explanation.
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Big Questions

How do we create knowledge about the Big Questions?
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Cognitive and Evolutionary Foundations of Science

How are these average apes able to generate reliable, cumulative knowledge about reality?
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Disambiguation Working Group

This Working Group is charged with disambiguating named entities (authors, institutions, etc) across the Knowledge Lab data set.
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Great Scientists

What makes someone a great scientist or inventor
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Hidden Models

In what ways do formal scientific models, as well as popular, cultural intuitions, shape scientific discovery?
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Idea Generativity

What makes some ideas long-lived and highly generative?
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Levels of Description

There is the tendency and a risk for groups and fields to continuously focus on minute details.
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Lives of Concepts

This project aims to develop methods of tracking how concepts emerge, are disseminated, stabilize and decay across different...
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Machine Science

Chip miniaturization and exponential economies of scale in production has lead to appreciable shifts in the way in which...
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Optimal Matching

How best to create and disseminate knowledge?
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Peer Review

Nearly all new discoveries, findings, theories and scientific speculations are filtered through peer evaluation.
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Representations of Knowledge

Over history, major discoveries have often been marked by new, frequently ingenious, methods of representing knowledge...
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Schools of Thought

This project seeks to define, find and analyze differences in schools of thought.
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Tradition and Innovation

How do scientific conventions influence creativity and innovation?
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The Zeitgeist of Science

"No man can surpass his own time, for the spirit of his time [der Geist seiner Zeit] is also his own spirit."
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