The Crowd and the Cosmos : Adventures in the Zooniverse by Chris Lintott
It seems that humans and computers working together do better than computers can on their own. But with so much scientific data, you need a lot of scientists-a crowd, in fact. Lintott found such a crowd in the Zooniverse, the web-based project that allows hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic volunteers to contribute toscience.
In this book, Lintott describes the exciting discoveries that people all over the world have made, from galaxies to pulsars, exoplanets to moons, and from penguin behaviour to old ship's logs. This approach builds on a long history of so-called 'citizen science', given new power by fast internet and distributed data. Discovery is no longer the remit only of scientists in specialist labs or academics in ivory towers.
It's something we can all take part in. As Lintott shows, it's a wonderful wayto engage with science, yielding new insights daily. You, too, can help explore the Universe in your lunch hour.
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