knowledge is power

There is a great deal of power in the idea of consilience, and in synthesising ideas. When it comes to understanding the march of knowledge, scientometrics can be very helpful. I don’t think it is necessarily going to help us realise the complete synthesis of all knowledge, but if we have a better sense of how we know what we know, and how what we know changes, that will force a reckoning in how we think about how knowledge as a whole is organised.
— Samuel Arbesman (interview here)