- Jul 5, 2010
Natural science Nobel laureates per capita? Not a perfect indicator perhaps (Faroe Islands is hardly a scientific center) but it tells you something about the scientific output of a country.Too bad I said "sent", not "filed".
I am not saying that the relationship between population size and scientific progress is 1:1. I simply disagree with using China and India as examples considering they actually are leading in things we can actually see, such as academic papers and patent applications.
But I agree. It is hard to determine who is and isn't a "leading scientific power". We can merely give a rough list based on things we can see and count. I also agree that the relationship between population size and "scientific output" is pretty complex. After all, China went centuries where it most definitely wasn't in the lead by any metric.