See how the most influential science comes in waves
Wired - 11/03/2016
Despite previous research suggesting that most scientists make their biggest discoveries early in their career, Sinatra argues in a paper in Science today that a scientist’s most impactful publications—those with the largest numbers of citations, in this instance—could happen at any point in your career.
Visualized, this phenomenon looks a lot like Sinatra’s waves. Or the spikes and valleys of the lines on an electrocardiogram. “It’s like a life line,” says Kim Albrecht, a designer with Northeastern University’s Barabasi Lab who created an interactive data visualization to explain Sinatra’s findings. “One line represents the ups and downs of your career.”