Journal Papers Don't Trigger Revolutions

It appears that the extremely important papers that trigger a revolution may not receive a proportionately large number of citations. The normal procedures of referencing are not used for folklore. A real scientific revolution, like any other revolution, is news. The Origin of Species sold out as fast as it could be printed and was denounced from the pulpit almost immediately. Sea-floor spreading has been explained, perhaps not well, in leading newspapers, magazines, books, and most recently in a color motion picture. When your elementary school children talk about something at dinner, you rarely continue to cite it.


Science that makes the news does.

Folksonomies: science popularization

/art and entertainment/books and literature/magazines (0.559908)
/family and parenting/children (0.553387)
/science/physics/space and astronomy (0.397786)

proportionately large number (0.954040 (neutral:0.000000)), extremely important papers (0.906564 (neutral:0.000000)), elementary school children (0.857448 (neutral:0.000000)), real scientific revolution (0.850996 (positive:0.525847)), color motion picture (0.832358 (positive:0.219101)), Revolutions Science (0.722129 (neutral:0.000000)), Sea-floor spreading (0.717983 (negative:-0.567262)), normal procedures (0.688959 (neutral:0.000000)), Journal Papers (0.678355 (neutral:0.000000)), news (0.490596 (neutral:0.000000)), pulpit (0.479535 (negative:-0.417368)), citations (0.468823 (neutral:0.000000)), folklore (0.462303 (neutral:0.000000)), newspapers (0.457357 (neutral:0.000000)), Origin (0.453463 (negative:-0.417368)), dinner (0.453191 (neutral:0.000000)), magazines (0.449451 (neutral:0.000000)), Species (0.444254 (negative:-0.417368))

Scientific method (0.935986): dbpedia | freebase

 'Citations in a Scientific Revolution
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Menard, Henry William (1973), 'Citations in a Scientific Revolution, Studies in Earth and Space Sciences: A Memoir in Honor of Harry Hammond Hess, Retrieved on 2012-06-12
  • Source Material []
  • Folksonomies: science