PARASPAR webinar by Hari Sridhar

Paraspar, an initiative of the Office of Communications (OoC) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), is a platform for conversations about knowledge systems, particularly science.


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This series will explore the journey of scientific discoveries. Very often, science is known only by its finished product. But the path is not revealed. Through these lectures, we attempt to unravel the processes of science, including the struggles and failures.

 Reading between the Lines of a Scientific Paper: Naeem Revisits Naeem et al. 1994 (Click here for the Poster)

Abstract: Writing scientific papers is, arguably, the most important task in a scientist’s working life. Papers are the universal currency by which all scientists are compared and evaluated, and, often, the only scientific legacies they will leave behind. Unfortunately, a paper is an imperfect record of scientific activity because it presents a cleaned-up, simplified and reorganized version of the scientific process, leaving out any detail that might distract the reader from understanding its findings and arguments. Over the last four years, I have documented the stories behind 160+ landmark papers in ecology and evolution, through interviews with their lead authors. During the talk, I will use examples from the interviews to highlight what published papers leave out, and discuss what this might mean for the contemporary practice of science as well as its historical understanding. 

Speaker: Hari Sridhar

Independent Researcher

Honorary Fellow at Archives, NCBS

Date: 27 October 2020 (Tuesday)

Time: 4.00 pm

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