Alex Knapp wrote a recent article, “Internet Collaboration Will Lead to More Innovation.” He starts off the article discussing Michael Nielson’s new book Reinventing Discovery, which is about “the use of online tools to transform the way science is done.” In the article, he noted:
One of the things that’s fascinating to me about the ability of the internet with respect to science is just this – more conversations, quicker feedback. I think that a perfect case in point is the OPERA group’s announcement that they’d measured neutrinos travelling faster than the speed of light. Their preliminary findings led to a slew of criticisms, commentary, and discussions of the implications the truth of the findings would have for physics. That in turn is leading the OPERA group to conduct a new, more refined experiment.
And this all happened in the space of a month!
Reinventing Discovery is a great book. I highly recommend it.