Very short blog about generalists and specialists

Greeks – generalists Romans – specialists (notable exceptions: Varro, Cicero and a few others) Scholastics – specialists Renaissance – generalists Enlightenment – generalists Industrial period – specialists Post-industrial period – generalists (?)   Image...

Vlogging and academic work

What are the implications of the move towards video for academic work? For culture? For history? Economically for the protagonists? Some thoughts explored below. UPDATE: I thought seriously about taking this post down because I was being a bit daft at the beginning and my wife says I look like ‘a...

The web, ways of learning, interdisciplinarity and a history of knowledge

Our first round of applicants came to the Open Day of UCL Arts and Sciences BASc last week.  It was a very enjoyable day for us and great to meet so many interesting and interested students – but I will skip some the details of the day. This blog is about what I am learning about how students are...