Is the Zettelkasten only useful at the frontiers of knowledge?
Niklas Luhmann developed the Zettelkasten (ZK) to find new approaches in sociology. The ZK methodology is primarily discussed in academic research or as a method of creative writing.
Quite obviously, then, the Zettelkasten helps work on the "frontiers of knowledge." In other words: Zettelkasten at the frontiers of knowledge
But can the slip box also be used when not doing academic work? How can the note box help me if I don't have the goal of writing blog articles?
The Zettelkasten is a method to learn complex subjects. It doesn't matter for your progress, whether you are researching something wholly new or whether you want to familiarize yourself with an already well-known area. In both cases, it is opening up a conceptual world and relating the various sub-concepts to one another. Here we can use the Zettelkasten to our benefit.
One can explore a new subject area through the concepts described in one's own words as notes and their careful linking. It also leads to further questions and ideas by connecting them with other topics.
The note box is therefore not only suitable for scientists. It may help students to learn a subject area. But also managers, musicians, artists, athletes, software developers, and many other professions have to deal - more than ever - with complex terms and concepts. The Zettelkasten can help all of them.