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Nielsen, Michael A., 1974-
Reinventing discovery : the new era of networked science / Michael Nielsen
Alternate Title New era of networked science
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2012
book jacket
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Subject(s) Research -- Technological innovations
Discoveries in science
Internet
Information networks
Information technology
Physical Description 264 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Summary "In Reinventing Discovery, Michael Nielsen argues that we are living at the dawn of the most dramatic change in science in more than 300 years. This change is being driven by powerful new cognitive tools, enabled by the internet, which are greatly accelerating scientific discovery. There are many books about how the internet is changing business or the workplace or government. But this is the first book about something much more fundamental: how the internet is transforming the nature of our collective intelligence and how we understand the world. Reinventing Discovery tells the exciting story of an unprecedented new era of networked science. We learn, for example, how mathematicians in the Polymath Project are spontaneously coming together to collaborate online, tackling and rapidly demolishing previously unsolved problems. We learn how 250,000 amateur astronomers are working together in a project called Galaxy Zoo to understand the large-scale structure of the Universe, and how they are making astonishing discoveries, including an entirely new kind of galaxy. These efforts are just a small part of the larger story told in this book--the story of how scientists are using the internet to dramatically expand our problem-solving ability and increase our combined brainpower. This is a book for anyone who wants to understand how the online world is revolutionizing scientific discovery today--and why the revolution is just beginning"-- Provided by publisher
"Reinventing Discovery argues that we are in the early days of the most dramatic change in how science is done in more than 300 years. This change is being driven by new online tools, which are transforming and radically accelerating scientific discovery"-- Provided by publisher
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-253) and index
Contents Reinventing discovery -- Amplifying collective intelligence. Online tools make us smarter ; Restructuring expert attention ; Patterns of online collaboration ; The limits and the potential of collective intelligence -- Networked science. All the world's knowledge ; Democratizing science ; The challenge of doing science in the open ; The Open Science Imperative -- Appendix. The problem solved by the Polymath Project

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