Monday, August 07, 2006

Matthew Effect

"For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath." (Matthew XXV:29, KJV).

I took this description from Wikipedia:

In sociology, Matthew effect was a term coined by Robert K. Merton to describe how, among other things, eminent scientists will often get more credit than a comparatively unknown researcher even if their work is similar; it also means that credit will usually be given to researchers that are already famous: for example, a prize will almost always be awarded to the most senior researcher involved in a project, even if all the work was done by a graduate student. An example is given by the story of the isolation of the antibiotics streptomycin by Albert Schatz in 1943, and the attribution of all the credit, including the award of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1952, to his supervisor, Selman Waksman.

So, recognition tends to be given to those who already have it.

1 Comments:

Blogger Gawain said...

Thanks for linking, Tim. (That's how I found you). You seem to be an interesting person with intelligent things to say - and in a few words. And I like musicians. :)

Busy day today, so I have to run, but I'll be back.

Speaking of early music, you know about the BBC3 program, of course? And here is something I have been glued to since I discovered it yesterday, The Martha Agrerich Project, complete online files (they distort the first couple bars in some recordings on purpose, I think, but it is all excellent stuff, and some of it quite rare).

Br

Gawain

8:24 AM  

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