Scientific Research: How Many Paradigms?

June 8, 2012

George O. Strawn is Director of the National Coordination Office for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development.

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As Yogi Berra said, “Predictions are hard, especially about the future.” Nevertheless, as a computer guy, I’d like to offer a few forward-looking observations about the emerging impact of information technology on scientific research. And I’d like to ask a couple of questions. Are some of the current uses of information technology in scientific research redefining traditional scientific research? Has the computer revolution produced a “new renaissance,” one that has resulted in the creation of additional, new paradigms of science?


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