The Burden of Knowledge and the ‘Death of the Renaissance Man’ Is Innovation Getting Harder?

Interesting concept of modeling knowledge as a ring - similar to Knowledge frontier

Basically argues that the amount of knowledge someone needs to get in order to get to the frontier of a field necessitates more specialization which then requires larger teams to get the same coverage and you need larger number of people to do the same inventions. Draws a clear distinction between this hypothesis and the Low Hanging fruit theory of stagnation

Very similar to the specialization theory in The decline of unfettered research: Specialization in research and careers in general has cut off a lot of possible innovations

Published

2005

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Benjamin Jones

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/7nidcmwdih6q1mr/the%20burden%20of%20knowledge%20and%20the%20death%20of%20the%20rennaisance%20man.pdf?dl=0

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