So I dumped a large amount of papers I’d (tried to) read (read) over the last few years (i happened to save SOME but not all but at 2000+, it’s a good sample of “kinds”) into Mendeley (research manager) and had been slicing and dicing in various ways to find patterns.
I never think of the obvious.
Today I notice Mendeley is retiring a few features so I thought I’d better grab what might be useful from those features I never used.
One is “Suggest” (which they’re keeping but changing somehow) and also is just the kind of AI thing I was wanting and doing manually.
So I look through the suggested papers. Some just the kind of things I’m interested in, some could be interesting (earthquake studies for example) but are too far off tangents right now, and so I add some and move them to a Suggested folder I made for later.
I run the Suggest feature once.
Then i ran Suggest again, adding as I go. It keeps the same ones I didn’t add but adds more.
The third time I saw a whole bunch of interesting things. One after another. They were more philosophy but all in my realm. (I don’t always know my realms and domains which is why I’m doing this whole thing and getting AI help)
Suddenly I realize I kept seeing this same name.
Author, coauthor, somewhere in the names.
I found who Lombardi O was after exhausting the Suggest feature.
I’d already had five or six papers she was a part of and didn’t realize it. She investigates the troublesome areas between physics and chemistry, has suggestions including ontological pluralism which was a key thing for me to find in the past year as it put a name to something I’d been saying but had no name for. Has written many papers and I suspect is extremely impactful. Putting this as a marker. Might be a dead end. But I wanted to write a short story all the same.
Olimpia Lombardi, philosophy of physics. Philosophy of chemistry, information theory in Argentina.