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"The drumbeat of new publications" (04/10/17 19:03:16)
The other day I looked through abstracts of some new PhD theses from our universities. Three out of four were what I would call typical textbook stuff, stuff that I learnt at medical school 40+ years ago. OK, there may have been a twist or two, but that's about it.
As long as the journals publish the stuff (because publishing is what they do to earn their money), this will go on. The time and expense associated with reading up-to-date literature is too much. And the risks to high with research at the bleeding edge. Such research will depend on development of new tools, which is a slow and difficult task.