Cxj-rfent Comments


One hears a great deal about bridging the gap between C. P. Snow’s “two cultures. ” My respect and admiration for science notwithstanding, I have frequently felt uncomfortable among many scientific colleagues because of their awesome technical grasp of natural or physical phenomena. 1 have often felt equally ill-at-ease among artists, literary persons and humanities scholars when confronted with their consummate expertise. But forced to make the choice, I suspect I would favor the arts and humanities over scientific endeavors. Fortunately, this choice is not necessary for me or for society. But ever since I entered the field of information science I have been acutely conscious of the ‘‘bias” IS1° and most similar organizations in the U.S. and abroad have towards the sciences. So it gives me special pleasure to announce that 1S1 will introduce in 1978 the Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A& HCI). Upon hearing about this decision, my late colleague Robert L. Hayne, 1S1’s Chief Editor, cautioned me to remember to mention that the history of science is replete with great scientists who combined both art and science to produce the quintessence of both. The Parthenon is but one ancient reminder of the fusion of mathematics with art, as is most great architecture. Leonardo da Vinci probably epitomizes the bridge between the two cultures, while Isaac Newton exemplifies the crossover between philosophy and scientific scholarship. Although 1S1 is not the onty information organization in the wortd covering the three major areas of research and scholarship—the sciences, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities—it is undoubtedly unique in scope, whether one thinks of the Wilson Indexes or even the Library of Congress. The processing of so many diverse journals will enable us to put at the disposal of world scholarship in all fields those occasional but significant cross-references between the two cultures. For example, if you examine either the annual Science Citation Index@ (SCF ) or Social Sciences Citation Index’” (SSC1’” ) for 1976 or 1977 you will find on almost any page an entry which reads “see SC1 (or SSCl) for n additional citations. ” Similar cross-referencing is being considered for the

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@inproceedings{Hayne1998CxjrfentC, title={Cxj-rfent Comments}, author={Robert L. Hayne}, year={1998} }