Computational science


Computational science is a discipline concerned with the design, implementation and use of mathematical models to analyse and solve scientific problems. Typically, the term refers to the use of computers to perform simulations or numerical analysis of a scientific system or process.


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  • News and Views |

    A type of optics experiment called a boson sampler could be among the easiest routes to demonstrating the power of quantum computers. But recent work shows that super-classical boson sampling may be a long way off.

    • Andrew M. Childs
  • News and Views |

    The dynamics of a viscous liquid undergo a dramatic slowdown when it is cooled to form a solid glass. Recognizing the structural changes across such a transition remains a major challenge. Machine-learning methods, similar to those Facebook uses to recognize groups of friends, have now been applied to this problem.

    • Michele Ceriotti
    •  & Vincenzo Vitelli
    Nature Physics 12, 377–378
  • Editorial |

    Physicists are now, as ever, pushing the development of computing technologies. But they're also innovating ways of using them.

  • News and Views |

    Quantum many-body systems are often so complex as to be intractable. An algorithm that finds the ground state of any one-dimensional quantum system has now been devised, proving that the many-body problem is tractable for quantum spin chains.

    • Frank Verstraete
    Nature Physics 11, 524–525