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Science in an exponential world

Nature volume 440, pages 413414 (23 March 2006) | Download Citation


The amount of scientific data is doubling every year. Alexander Szalay and Jim Gray analyse how scientific methods are evolving from paper notebooks to huge online databases.

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  1. Alexander Szalay is in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA.

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  2. Jim Gray is at Microsoft Research, San Francisco, California 94105, USA.

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