The Need for Dialogue Between Disciplines

To the Editor:

The urgent need for interdisciplinary cooperation and studies in our colleges has been underscored by the news that Douglass C. North, an economist, won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science ("The 1993 Nobel Prizes," October 20). He was awarded the prize for his work showing that economic markets are embedded in and affected by social institutions. His work demonstrated the idea that markets do not and cannot operate in a vacuum but are dependent upon a slew of