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  •  The really good scientific papers (2+ / 0-)
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    cotterperson, G2geek

    pretty much ended in the 1950s and 60s, I've always thought. That doesn't mean a lot of extraordinary work hasn't happened since, just that it's doled out in a dozen little publications instead of one comprehensive article now. Maybe it's because of the "publish or perish" mentality at universities, which encourages more publications with less content. Whatever the reason, it's always a pleasure to go back and read an older paper. Tipped for mentioning it.

    •  There is still some very useful stuff being (3+ / 0-)
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      cotterperson, G2geek, lemming22

      written...albeit in an explosion of journals...

      A lot ends up being redundant of course.

      But these gals and guys were broader, to be sure.

      Still, I was looking for some very esoteric stuff when I came across these papers...stuff that has been barely scratched, even today.

      You can make some powerful predictions with today's tools, but you're right...it's a pleasure to read the old stuff.

      Believe it or not, I run across people all the time who insist that the old stuff isn't worth much.

      Huh?

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