Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Science du jour...

NYT has this article on the "science of services", whatever that means.

An ex-colleague of mine wonders: why is this article in the Business section of NYT?

I won't whine (in this post, anyway) about why this is not a science, but will merely lament NYT's lack of critical reporting: there's no discussion of operations research, industrial engineering, "management science", and other mathematical/engineering/business school disciplines (sciences and non-sciences) that subsume this field of deep scientific inquiry many times over.


Suresh said...

actually, Virginia Postrel, before she ceded her column to Tyler Cowen, wrote many articles about the more analytical fields and their application in business. Here is one article that she wrote on this topic. I could be wrong, but I have seen other articles like this in the NYT as well.

The Guy said...

A helpful note: turn on Word verification to prevent these spammers from posting adds in your comments. It's under Settings->comments in your blogger dashboard.

I've noticed a lot of opinion parading as science lately. I nailed Christian Science monitor for some slapdash journalism like that here: http://nanoguy.blogspot.com/

Keep up the good work.