Monday, July 31, 2017

Should All Academicians Be Considered Experts In Their Field?

Excluding incompetence, I mean.
   What I'm wondering is, roughly: for every area of study, x, should professors who specialize in studying x be considered experts in x?
   Or are there any values of x such that, say, professors who study x could, at best, be said to be experts in something like theories of x, or the history of thought about x?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of my field specifically, it is well-known that academic CS is far behind industry in almost all areas. An academic computer scientist is definitely an expert in the theory of whatever subfield he specializes in, but if you were to really want an expert on the state of the art, you go to Microsoft, Amazon, Google or Facebook's research division or one of their principal engineers.

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