Natural hiostory prices..

Frederick W. Schueler bckcdb at ISTAR.CA
Fri Jan 23 08:00:30 CST 2004


"Vr.R.E.M.J..-B. BEJSAK-COLLOREDO-MANSFELD" wrote:

> there is not a Nobel price for natural history..

* the most useful way to think of the Nobel prizes is as a memorial to
19th century simplemindedness, since all the scientific prizes are for
indoor, laboratory, or easy sciences, with not a single one for the
outdoor, historical, complex, or hard sciences (except accidently, when
cosmology is considered to be physics).

This omission is made even more bizarre by the fact that the only field
that has been added since the institution of the prizes is economics,
which is an attempt to paper over the complexity of an outdoor,
historical field with laboratory-like indoors models. See
http://www.paecon.net/

fred schueler.
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