Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A how-to manual for transformative science

would be a great thing to have. According to the National Science Foundation:

"The term "transformative research" is being used to describe a range of endeavors which promise extraordinary outcomes, such as: revolutionizing entire disciplines; creating entirely new fields; or disrupting accepted theories and perspectives — in other words, those endeavors which have the potential to change the way we address challenges in science, engineering, and innovation. Supporting more transformative research is of critical importance in the fast-paced, science and technology-intensive world of the 21st Century. "

but ... that begs the question - how do you go about revolutionizing an entire discipline? Disrupt an accepted theory, OK, I can see how to propose that - attacking foundational assumptions. Create a new field? seems a tall order for one 3 year grant.


  1. Drew,

    I've always liked Donella Meadows' Places to Intervene in a System: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donella_Meadows'_twelve_leverage_points_to_intervene_in_a_system

    It sounds like it has the kind of large scale transformative potential you're looking for. Wonder if it's applicable to AM?


  2. Thanks Kelly I just posted a followup to this - only a year late.