L’Encyclopédie SCIENCES — ISTE Group


[Music] Why publish a scientic encyclopedia in the Internet age? There’s no order, no
properly thought-out organization of science and what we want is
to present a properly thought-out organization of science. We need knowledge that is verified, organized, that we know where it comes from. When we are looking at the major
issues that interest us: global warming
the question of Big Data the question of what the Internet is doing in our
society, in politics, even in the production of knowledge, we have to bring all this knowledge together. There are more and more articles it was probably necessary that something else had to be found, and that something else is an encyclopedia, in other words a set of books
that will collect knowledge from a given moment, but knowledge that will also
evolve and that will grow and that will be updated over time, in digital format. SCIENCES is organized into fields, these fields will cover the engineering sciences pure sciences
life sciences, human sciences. Each field will be divided
into a number of subjects, more than 400, and it is within these subjects that knowledge will be addressed in the form of multi-author books. We are aiming for about 800 to 850 books, written by researchers of all nationalities, with a lot of French [researchers] This encyclopedia is here to stay, it’s not here to simply give a snapshot. So what we also expect in each book is a certain view of future prospects, to take a little bit of risk: how will this field develop from here. SCIENCES
perspectives on 3 fields There’s been quite a lot of enthusiasm generally. It’s really caught their attention [the coordinators], the idea of taking a look at their field, of placing recent discoveries in a broader field. There are subject heads from the Institut Pasteur, subject heads from the [French] natural history museum, subject heads from
the UK and from the CNRS in Marseille, for example. There’s a huge diversity of subject heads who are frontrunners in their
particular discipline. I’ve tried to find [subject] heads with quite a broad vision who are able to bring together
authors in France and abroad. It’s about opening up the field of soft matter,
soft matter, that’s liquid crystals, polymers, wetting, even sports physics, the whole field of life [science], which was first begun by
Pierre-Gilles de Gennes in the seventies. My scientific life began with
soft matter, it’s my environment so it’s not difficult to find the
subjects, nor who can do it. I think we have to move to an
international scale. Creating SCIENCES was an extraordinary idea and I think it will be a great success. SCIENCES will be published
in French by ISTE and in English by ISTE-WILEY

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