Doing Science in the Open

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 2:16pm


Wednesday, October 12, 2011
3:30 – 4:30 PM
Engineering Sciences Building, Room 1001

HOST: Wim van Dam

SPEAKER: Michael Nielsen

Title: Doing Science in the Open


The net is transforming many aspects of our society, from finance to
friendship. And yet scientists, who helped create the net, are extremely
conservative in how they use it. Although the net has great potential to
transform science, most scientists remain stuck in a centuries-old
system for the construction of knowledge. I will describe some
leading-edge projects that show how online tools can radically change
and improve science (using projects in Mathematics and Citizen Science
as examples), and will then go on to discuss why these tools haven’t
spread to all corners of science, and how we can change that.


Michael Nielsen is an author and an advocate of open science. His book
about open science, Reinventing Discovery, will be published by
Princeton University Press in October, 2011. Prior to his book, Michael
was an internationally known scientist who helped pioneer the field of
quantum computation. He co-authored the standard text in the field, and
wrote more than 50 scientific papers, including invited contributions to
Nature and Scientific American. His work on quantum teleportation was
recognized in Science Magazine’s list of the Top Ten Breakthroughs of
1998. Michael was educated at the University of Queensland, and as a
Fulbright Scholar at the University of New Mexico. He worked at Los
Alamos National Laboratory, as the Richard Chace Tolman Prize Fellow at
Caltech, was Foundation Professor of Quantum Information Science and a
Federation Fellow at the University of Queensland, and a Senior Faculty
Member at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. In 2008, he
gave up his tenured position to work fulltime on open science.

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