Abstract and Keywords
The physical sciences present excellent case studies of interdisciplinarity, its problems, and its prospects. The physical sciences present clear examples of the inheriting, adapting, and transforming of disciplines in ways that can transform our understanding not only of science but also of all research. Issues raised include the history of interdisciplinarity in the natural sciences and the reasons for its recent upsurge, as well as issues such as communication, expertise, trust, problems raised by the different culture of disciplines, practical issues, quality assessment, trading zones, and the nature of disciplines.
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