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Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science

Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science

by Michael Nielsen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691148902

ISBN-13: 9780691148908

Pub. Date: 10/21/2011

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691148908
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/21/2011
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
430,580
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.54(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1:Reinventing Discovery 1

PART 1: AMPLIFYING COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE 13

Chapter 2: Online Tools Make Us Smarter 15

Chapter 3: Restructuring Expert Attention 22

Chapter 4: Patterns of Online Collaboration 44

Chapter 5: The Limits and the Potential of Collective Intelligence 69

PART 2: NETWORKED SCIENCE 89

Chapter 6: All the World?s Knowledge 91

Chapter 7: Democratizing Science 129

Chapter 8: The Challenge of Doing Science in the Open 172

Chapter 9: The Open Science Imperative 187

Appendix: The Problem Solved by the Polymath Project 209

Acknowledgments 215

Selected Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading 217

Notes 221

References 239

Index 255

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