Open sharing of scientific data and perverse incentives

From the Wall Street Journal’s online section, a discussion about doing a new kind of discovery and what it might take. My view is that governments should only fund science that is engaged in open sharing with their peers and/or the public. Unfortunately the personal incentives for keeping data private longer outweigh the community value … Continue reading Open sharing of scientific data and perverse incentives

Steven Strogatz’ prognostications for the year

Steven Strogatz’ prognostication for the coming year in mathematics includes the following sage advice: “We may have to program computers to explain their discoveries to us. Otherwise they will become more like oracles than scientists, handing down mysterious utterances to us mere mortals.” - From the NY Times Pity we didn’t get to hear what … Continue reading Steven Strogatz’ prognostications for the year