Summary: Published as: Aerts, D., 1998, "Editorial: synthesis and analysis, interdisciplinar-
ity and foundations", Foundations of Science, 3, 203-206.
Editorial: Synthesis and analysis, interdisciplinarity and foundations.
Center Leo Apostel,
Brussels Free University,
First of all, I want to pay tribute to the former Editors of this journal, Ryszard
Wojcicki and Paul Humphreys. I am very proud to continue the initiative that
they undertook, and I will do my best to guide Foundations of Science further
on the road that they began.
This summer I met an old friend who boldly asked me the following question:
`Has your life become, like mine, more algorithmic?' The question struck me,
because I knew what he meant, and we laughed heartily at the sudden flash of
mutual understanding. Indeed, we live in a busy time full of change. Old stable
traditions and reference systems are fleeing, and the information explosion
confronts us each day with something new and seemingly important. Also, the
originally more reflective attitude of the working scientist does not escape this
turbulence. He or she has to publish rapidly (or will perish) and accumulate as