Chapter 21. Academic Research

Throughout This Book I have struggled to present a chaotic and rapidly changing field in an organized manner. In the process of putting everything in neat little boxes, I have left quite a mess lying on the floor. In particular, I have written little about the progress made in the world of academia, even though the most impressive advances have been made by academics. This chapter attempts to redress that deficit.

One reason it is difficult to credit academics is the lack of continuity in the various research projects. To demonstrate the problem quantitatively, I compiled lists of all the authors appearing in a set of proceedings from four closely related conferences in 2001, 2006, 2009, and 2011. About 300 different ...

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