Can an interdisciplinary field contribute to one of the parent disciplines from which it emerged?
1 School of Computational and Integrative Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi-110067, India
2 Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi-110067, India
Received: 15 April 2016
Revised: 15 September 2016
Published online: 22 December 2016
In the light of contemporary discussions of inter and trans disciplinarity, this paper approaches econophysics and sociophysics to seek a response to the question – whether these interdisciplinary fields could contribute to physics and economics. Drawing upon the literature on history and philosophy of science, the paper argues that the two way traffic between physics and economics has a long history and this is likely to continue in the future.
© EDP Sciences, Springer-Verlag, 2016