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Borrowed Knowledge: Chaos Theory and the Challenge of Learning across Disciplines

Stephen H. Kellert


What happens to scientific knowledge when researchers outside the natural sciences bring elements of the latest trend across disciplinary boundaries for their own purposes? Researchers in fields from anthropology to family therapy and traffic planning employ the concepts, methods, and results of chaos theory to harness the disciplinary prestige of the natural sciences, to motivate methodological change or conceptual reorganization within their home discipline, and to justify public policies and aesthetic judgments. Using the recent explosion in the use (and abuse) of chaos theory, this book ex ... More

Keywords: chaos theory, borrowing, scientific knowledge, interdisciplinary research, methodological change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226429786
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226429809.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen H. Kellert, author