This article quotes famous mythologist Joseph Campbell as saying:
"Reading what you want, and having one book lead to the next, is the way I found my discipline. I’ve suggested this to many of my students: When you find a writer who really is saying something to you, read everything that writer has written and you will get more education and depth of understanding out of that than reading a scrap here and a scrap there and elsewhere. Then go to people who influenced that writer, or those who were related to him, and your world builds together in an organic way that is really marvelous."
Based on my limited experience with computer science and economics, my guess is that the answer is no, but I was wondering if this strategy might work in Biology or some other discipline?