Problem Areas and Research Networks in Science

  title={Problem Areas and Research Networks in Science},
  author={M. Mulkay and G. Gilbert and S. Woolgar},
  pages={187 - 203}
A general account is presented of the emergence, growth, and decline of scientific research networks and their associated problem areas. Research networks are seen to pass through three phases. The first, exploratory phase is distinguished by a lack of effective communication among participants and by the pursuit of imprecisely defined problems. The second phase is one of rapid growth, associated with increasing social and intellectual integration, made possible by improved communication. An… Expand
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