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Thursday, 20 May 2010

The Island of Research


I saw this charming map on somebody's office door yesterday. Isn't it the best? (Click on image for details)

A transcript of map features (detours in square brackets):

BEGIN HERE → (Sea of Theory) Bay of Literature → City of Hope → Jungle of Authority → Problem Range → Pinnacle of Dogmatism → Peaks of Confusion → HYPOTHESIS → Money Pass [→ River of Words] → Study Design → Instruments → EntreĆ© Tactics [→ redesign path] → Pretest → Ridge of Boredom → Population data Run → Forrest of Fatigue [→ Serendipity mine] → (Ocean of Experience) Coding [→ Mount Where-are-we-going?] → Canyon of Despair → Data Analysis Jungle [→ more data trail] → Data fever-breeding ground → River of Data → D.D.D. Delta of 'dirty' data] → Wreck heap of discarded Hypotheses [→ Where-am-I Fog [→ Bay of Leisure → To Administration Island] → (Uncharted) The Great Fundless Desert → Nobudget Trail → Plains of Report Writing [→ Rewrite Trail → Bog of lost manuscripts] → Delta of Editors → Bay of Literature

Image from this page. First published in The Science Game by Neil Agnew and Dandra Pyke. Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs (1969). 1966, prepared by Dr. Ernest Harburg (University of Michigan) and Elaine Stallman, and drawn by William Brudon.

1 comments:

Anonymous said...

Actually, this image was first published in 1966 and was prepared by Dr. Ernest Harburg, of the University of Michigan, along with Elaine Stallman and drawn by William Brudon. You can find the original in the journal American Scientist, 54: 470, December 1966.

A little snippet about it is on the last page of this journal: http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/40/12/local/front-matter.pdf

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