The Scientist as a Scientific Unit :
A Comparative Trajectory Graph of Royal Society as One Interpretation of Historical Scientific Development

Established in 1660, The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. Its continuous history, as well as the many significant contributions that its members has made throughout its existence provides it with a central place in the scientific community. Its evolving structure can be visualized by way of its internal recommendation and nomination system such that by representing the scientist as a fundamental unit of force in this scientific community, a snapshot of the state of different disciplines within science is made to interact, aiding the understanding of evolution within and between different disciplines of science historically. The founding of the society is based on an initial gathering at Gresham College in 1658 where seven professional chairs were established from which the Royal Society was officially proposed in 1660. Today these seven chairs have evolved into 10 sectional committees. The unique continuous nature of the society and its entirely internal nomination system lends itself to network visualization of the proposers and nominees. What are the implications of drawing connections between the state of the Royal Society at 1660 and 2012? For the evolution of the organization and of larger scientific practice?

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