“There is a growing mountain of research. But there is increased evidence that we are being bogged down today as specialization extends. The investigator is staggered by the findings and conclusions of thousands of other workers—conclusions which he cannot find time to grasp, much less to remember, as they appear. Yet specialization becomes increasingly necessary for progress, and the effort to bridge between disciplines is correspondingly superficial.” (Bush, Vannevar).
The article was a lot of busy reading and I found myself having to go back to reread a good chunk of it; but regardless, I have found a nugget. My interest in this paragraph is based off of a conversation I’ve had with a friend a while ago concerning about becoming handy in different fields vs. having one specific specialty. I remember explaining that I find this to be slightly problematic as an art major; I would love to be skilled in multiple art forms, but in doing so I wouldn’t be putting in as much effort to really pushing my skill to be its greatest. Like Bush stated, I only have so much time and energy that I would have to pick only a few things to be a master at if I wanted to be exceptionally great in those fields. Being multitalented wastes time and energy that could be spent on progressing past what everyone else can do or know.
The art and science fields are not the only ones who are faced with this sacrifice. Many, if not all of us currently attending school have probably seen this before.