Excerpta Botanica - a valuable bibliographical source for vegetation science
Computing, Health and Science
School of Natural Sciences, Centre for Ecosystem Management
Attention is drawn to a source citing some 90 000 papers in vegetation science and related fields published before 1995. A subject index is provided. It is a commonplace that the past 20 or 30 years have seen a revolution in the ways in which knowledge is recorded and disseminated--a revolution comparable with that a little over five centuries ago when the western world first saw the printing press. Science has always built upon past knowledge and insights. Even scientists who appear to be innovators--original thinkers--usually have had forerunners on whose shoulders they stood. Historians of science are concerned to identify the channels through which thought flowed from generation to generation--or indeed within a generation. In the past few centuries, these channels are open to view in scientific literature, and the practice of quoting sources has come to be recognized as a requirement for scientific probity.