What Types of Novelty Are Most Disruptive?

Novelty and impact are key characteristics of the scientific enterprise. Erin Leahey discusses different types of novelty (new results, new theories, and new methods) and whether a scientific offering has a consolidating form of influence (bringing renewed attention to foundational ideas) or a disruptive one (prompting subsequent scholars to overlook them).

Ivory Orchid Photography: Kristin Gray

Image courtesy of interviewee. December 19, 2023

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