Digital humanities?

Maria Konnikova on Scientific American’s Blog site, here.

Her thesis is that the tools of science–say statistics or small world network analysis–only detract and distract from our understanding of human artifacts like fiction. Perhaps so–certainly the meaning of Hamlet is not to be found in its word frequency histogram. And yet, without question, some human art forms like music are intensely mathematical and here, the meaning does have close relations with the underlying natural order of the thing.