Books : reviews

Paula Stephan.
How Economics Shapes Science.
Harvard University Press. 2012

Paula Stephan investigates how competition among scientists for scarce resources and reputation shapes scientific research. She highlights the growing gap between the haves and have-nots—especially the vast imbalance between the biomedical sciences and physics/engineering—and offers a persuasive vision of a more productive, more creative research system that would lead and benefit the world.