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Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science by Michael Nielsen

Review by Rachel Ehrenberg

2:34pm, March 9, 2012

The most common edit to a Wikipedia article changes only a single line of text. The same is true for Linux, the open-source computer operating system: A typical contribution changes just one line of code. Such “microcontributions” are one way to bring more expertise to any enterprise, argues Nielsen, a physicist. And by using such approaches to make all of science open and collaborative — through online sharing of data, methods and problems — the rate of discovery will ramp up too.

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