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Tim Kastelle

Thanks for this post Joe. I've had Ignorance sitting on my kindle for ages, and this prompted me to finally get around to reading. And I'm enjoying it a great deal!

I have a PhD student that has done some analysis looking at work on the edges in academia, and he's shown again that this is the most productive area to be. Very hard place to work though - peer review is harder and there are often obstacles via internal university incentives as well. But it's still the best (and most fun) place to be.

Joe McCarthy

@Tim: glad to have provided a tipping point for reading the book; your blog & tweets have provided similar tipping points for me in the past.

The challenges for "success" on the edges are especially burdensome for someone in graduate school or in a tenure-track (but pre-tenure) appointment, two of the most vulnerable career stages / paths I know of. Whenever one must gain approval from "the powers that be" - to be awarded a degree or a lifetime appointment - those powers are formidable ... and often rather traditionalist. I'll be interested to see what your PhD student uncovers ... and hope he/she is able to succeed in studying the edges and their impact.

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