I love technical books and scientific libraries as much as the next person. Reading a physical book is a great way to get an overview of a field you’re unfamiliar with. However, I’ve been getting the feeling that books and libraries don’t fit perfectly into a modern scientific workflow; and an interesting case-study just came up.

When you move an object through a beam, Recently, I was looking for formal error analyses for

style knife-edge scans.

An interrupter. This is made more complicated if the beam used to cut is non-gaussian.

This is a very simple

Particle image velocimetry

a whole field uses this, and only because of the keywords did I come across this

Book Modern Aerodynamics,

Google Scholar allows you to cut across completely disparate fields to find the things in common

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