Life between the disciplines

Perhaps the whole idea of interdisciplinary science is the wrong way to look at what we want to encourage. What we really mean is ‘‘antedisciplinary’’ science—the science that precedes the organization of new disciplines, the Wild West frontier stage that comes before the law arrives. It’s apropos that antedisciplinary sounds like ‘‘anti-disciplinary.’’ People who gravitate to the unexplored frontiers tend to be self- selected as people who don’t like disciplines—or discipline, for that matter.

From Eddy, S. R. (2005). “Antedisciplinary” Science. PLoS Computational Biology, 1(1), e6.