"I started writing in the 1930's when I was eighteen years old. And deep inside me I'm still eighteen and it's still 1938."
- Isaac Asimov
||Spark Plug (Systematician)
||A person who draws information from diverse areas of knowledge.
|"Adjani is our Spark Plug - and the best in the business."
Spence looked at the slim Adjani with new respect. A Spark Plug , as they were called, was a member of an elite group of men and women so gifted as to be completely expert in numerous fields of study - as many as five or six. Whereas most scientists and theoreticians were specialists, training their professional vision to ever narrower bands of the scientific spectrum, those like Adjani - and there were very few of them - worked in reverse, enlarging the scope of their knowledge wider and wider...
Most often they were employed as systematicians - men who could view the overall course of a project and draw valuable information from other areas of study and bring it to bear upon a particular problem. They acted as catalysts of creativity - spark plugs - providing those quick, dynamic bursts of creative insight for projects that had grown too complex to rely on the accidental cross-pollinization of ideas from other disciplines.
|From Dream Thief,
by Stephen Lawhead.
Published by Not known in 1983
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See also these specialists:
- House Records Archivist
A specialist who correlated information within the House Records of the Bene Gesserit.
(From Heretics of Dune  by Frank Herbert)
- Mnemonic Service
Dedicated humans who collected bits of data in hopes of catching key correlations between fields of study.
(From Sucker Bait  by Isaac Asimov)
A person who did nothing but make cross-references between one field and another.
(From Stand on Zanzibar  by John Brunner)
A person with a coordinative knowledge across a variety of sciences.
(From Voyage of the Space Beagle  by A.E. van Vogt)
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