Nature special on the future of scientific computing

March 22nd, 2006 by Ross Scaife

At every humanities computing-related meeting I’ve been to over the past year, someone exhorts us to “have a good look at what the scientists are doing.” Nature magazine has just published a special edition with useful articles towards that end:

In the last two decades advances in computing technology, from processing speed to network capacity and the internet, have revolutionized the way scientists work. From sequencing genomes to monitoring the Earth’s climate, many recent scientific advances would not have been possible without a parallel increase in computing power – but with revolutionary technologies such as the quantum computer edging towards reality, how long will the current synergy between computing and science last?

This Nature web focus combines new reports and commentaries from an international group scientists assessing how computing science is already transforming mainstream science, and news features analysis from leading journalists, to address the challenges the world will face in the coming decades.

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