The most essential characteristic of the interdisciplinary inspirational monograph is its purpose. Texts that were meant to forge alliances across fields should be recognized as fitting this genre, whether they were ultimately successful at achieving this goal or not. This chapter compares and contrasts the successful interdisciplinary texts by Dobzhansky and Schrödinger, making particular note of the things that distinguish this type of text from the prototypical scientific text, the research report. It then discusses the ways in which Wilson's text both fits and does not fit the requirements for success in the genre. The first identifying characteristic is what most clearly distinguishes this genre from the prototypical scientific research report. The purpose of the interdisciplinary inspirational monograph is to show how collaboration is a promising professional action, not to argue for the truth of an original scientific claim. Although the genre calls for the synthesis of existing theories and facts, there is much room for variance in the quality of the information presented.
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