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“Why the net doesn’t work for science – and how to fix it” – A talk by Michael Nielsen at PLoS’s San Francisco HQ – June 29th at 6 pm.

Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen

Join PLoS staff and interested members of the public at 6 pm, June 29th 2011, for an informal wine, beer and cheese event featuring guest speaker and Fulbright Scholar, Dr Michael Nielsen (whose book about open science “Reinventing Discovery” will be published by Princeton University Press in 2011).

About the Talk:

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. Michael 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 he will then go on to discuss why these tools haven’t spread to all corners of science, and how we can change that.

About the Speaker:

Dr 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 2011.  Prior to his book, Michael was an internationally known scientist and pioneer in the field of quantum computing.  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.

A recent TEDx presentation by Dr Nielsen can be viewed at:

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