28 No. 5
Subfields and Metafields of the Molecular Sciences
boundaries between both basic research and engineering and
between the classical sciences are becoming increasingly blurred.
This is partially a consequence of the increased interaction
between science and society. For chemistry, the blurring of
boundaries and an increased emphasis on applications have
led to the emergence of two "supersciences," material
sciences and biomolecular sciences, respectively. In these,
chemistry is only a part, although an important one. The increased
interaction between chemistry and society has also resulted
in the emergence and development of metadisciplines such as
green chemistry, chemistry education, and the philosophy of
article discussesbased on "knowledge maps"
of chemistryongoing trends in the molecular sciences
(MS). As a consequence of the more application-oriented researchmainly
do with medicines, new materials, and the environmentthe
position of chemistry as an independent discipline has become
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