Even plausible measures may lead to bad effects if researchers change their behaviour in order to be evaluated more favorable according to quantitative measures.

Even plausible measures may lead to bad effects if researchers change their behaviour in order to be evaluated more favorable according to quantitative measures.

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Interview with Professor Ted Porter (USLA) 12 May 2021 Could you shortly introduce the main topics your field, the history of science has discussed most recently? According to you, which are the most relevant questions? People write about the history of science from many perspectives. Since the 1940sm it has become a somewhat distinct academic field, allied to the historical discipline and to social sciences. Much of this writing is about the reciprocal shaping of scientific knowledge and scientific practices along with social, political, and cultural changes. It is often allied to history of technology and medicine and with the field of Science and Technology Studies. My own research is allied to a growing interest in understanding the outcomes and significance of quantification, and this is particularly relevant to questions…
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