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Negotiating the Website

Serendip logo with arrows pointing in all directions

This is some serious play. The website is organized around the concepts of play, randomness, and the unfinished. Serendip offers a gathering place for open-ended inquiry into the implications of science and science education.

The website is a loose collection of 50,000 pages and growing. This means that visitors will often be surprised by the content they come across and also have to work a little harder to navigate towards specific materials. Visitors are advised to think of themselves as negotiating with Serendip rather than navigating.

As John Barth writes in The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor, ’you don't reach Serendib by plotting a course for it. You have to set out in good faith for elsewhere and lose your bearings ... serendipitously.’ These instructions might mean following associations or feelings instead of logic. It might mean allowing room for detours and surprises.  Serendip is a digital ecosystem that asks only to be explored. It has discarded with the majority of disciplinary bearings in order to foster thinking across traditional divides; it welcomes the creation of novel connections.