What Scientists Read

There’s been an interesting series of essays, and now projects, that focus on what scientists read and how it affects their work. While I know it has been an ongoing conversation in various venues for years, to my knowledge, the dialogue took on a new tone, and a new sense of urgency, with Neal Stephenson’s essay for the World Policy Institute in 2011, [“Innovation Starvation”][1]. The story was also published in [Wired](http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/10/stephenson-innovation-starvation/all/1).

And now there appears to be [an effort underway by New Scientist][2] to study the phenomena of [what scientists read][3].

[1]: http://www.worldpolicy.org/journal/fall2011/innovation-starvation
[2]: http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/culturelab/2012/05/does-literature-impact-what-scientists-study.html
[3]: http://www.whatscientistsread.com/