"[Reinventing Discovery] opens with a fantastic account of what we can learn about the future of science from explorations such as the Polymath Project and 'the greatest chess game in history,' Kasparov vs. the World. But what really distinguishes it is its nuanced, intelligent descriptions of just how these projects work, noticing what is important about them in a way that few popular summaries do. . . . Highly recommended!"--Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media
"Anyone who has followed science in recent years has noticed something odd: science is less and less about a solitary scientist working alone in a lab. Scientists are working in networks, and those networks are gaining scope, speed, and power through the internet. Nonscientists have been getting in on the act, too, folding proteins and identifying galaxies. Michael Nielsen has been watching these developments too, but he's done much more: he's provided the best synthesis I've seen of this new kind of science, and he's also thought deeply about what it means for the future of how we understand the world. Reinventing Discovery is a delightfully written, thought-provoking book."--Carl Zimmer, author of A Planet of Viruses and The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution
"This is the book on how networks will drive a revolution in scientific discovery; definitely recommended."--Tyler Cowen, author of The Great Stagnation
"Science has always been a contact sport; the interaction of many minds is the engine of the discipline. Michael Nielsen has given us an unparalleled account of how new tools for collaboration are transforming scientific practice. Reinventing Discovery doesn't just help us understand how the sciences are changing, it shows us how we can participate in the change."--Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody and Cognitive Surplus
"This wonderful book is a pleasure to read. Michael Nielsen writes in an authoritative yet clear, concise, and accessible style, making an informative and compelling case for open, networked science and how to achieve it."--William Dutton, director of the Oxford Internet Institute
"In Reinventing Discovery, Michael Nielsen introduces us to the new world of the modern scientist, where the Web is amplifying communication and accelerating discovery in unexpected ways, making for extraordinary problem solving. This is a unique and valuable book."--Victoria Stodden, Columbia University
Nielsen has written an important and very engaging book.
So, before reading this book I didn't necessarily expect to learn much or certainly to be further convinced of the possibility of transforming science in this new era.
This book outlines the background to the open data and open access policies in scholarly publishing.
This is an aspirational view of how science can move forward in an era of "big data". Of course, the challenge is the tension between two human traits: the drive to compete... Read morePublished 7 days ago by William B. Mattes
Overall, the book is quite interesting and the writing is exceptionally good. It is a provocative, informative, and worthwhile selection for general readership. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dennis B. Mulcare
Nielsen makes some compelling arguments about the reasons to open up scientific research to the public using the power of new tools and technology. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Scarlet
Nielsen has written an important and very engaging book. I remember Bruno Latour saying quite a few years ago now that science was shifting away from a model of operation that... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Nick Drengenberg
This book is a fantastic summary of the uneasy meeting of research science and recent trends in online collaboration technology. Read morePublished on February 20, 2013 by Mathlete
This book is an excellent argument in favor of a more open science culture. The author convincingly makes the point that the current academic practice of attributing credit almost... Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by Secluded Path
The description of this book has been well covered in the other reviews. I want to share why I bought this book. Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by Trurl
This book outlines the background to the open data and open access policies in scholarly publishing. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Janette Wright