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Has the internet changed science?

The ocean of information available on the web is challenging the standard model of hypothesis-driven science. Yet that model has always borne little relation to the mucky reality of scientific research

By Elizabeth Pisani   December 2010

Detail from a data map showing deaths from cholera in London in the 1840s—an early example of “big data” collection

It’s a glorious Saturday morning, a day for kayaking or sitting in a sunny courtyard with a coffee and the silly bits of the FT. But here I am, stuck in a bunker at the British Library with a bunch of Generation Y geeks telling me that my nice, tidy world of hypothesis, experiment and knowledge generation is about to end.

I am attending the Science Online conference, in which the usual scientific lexicon of sample size calculations, placebo-controlled…

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