The Changing Age of Scientific Creativity

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IZA Seminar

Place: Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 9, 53113 Bonn

Date: 05.09.2006, 12:15 - 13:30

   

Presentation by 

Bruce A. Weinberg (Ohio State University)
   

Abstract:

The age at which innovators make important contributions increases with the amount and complexity of knowledge in their field. During revolutions, existing knowledge becomes less important, reducing the age at which important contributions are made. During periods of ordinary science, knowledge tends to accumulate. Data on Nobel laureates in chemistry, medicine, and physics support these hypotheses. The age at which the laureates do their prize winning research declines during revolutions. We also find that contributors to new paradigms do their prize winning research earlier than others. In periods of ordinary science, the age at which the laureates do their prize winning research tends to increase.

   
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