Scholar, researcher and author Michael Nielsen not only made significant research contributions in the field of quantum physics but also co-wrote the popular "Quantum Computation and Quantum Information." Nielsen left academia to focus his research on open science and recently published "Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science" – a book that discusses the internet's ability to "amplify our collective intelligence" and the cultural obstacles of the scientific community impeding this dramatic shift.
According to Nielsen, his talk will describe "how the Internet is enabling a radical shift in how science is done. We'll see how mass online collaborations are being used to prove mathematical theorems; how online markets are allowing scientific problems to be outsourced; and how online citizen science projects are enabling amateurs to make scientific discoveries."
The University of Arizona Libraries are sponsoring Nielsen's campus talk as part of a continued focus on raising awareness at the UA about the challenges, opportunities and scholarly and academic resources available through open access initiatives, including open science. Such movements have broad implications for a range of academic disciplines including the sciences, social sciences and the humanities.