Exclusive Foldit Excerpt from Reinventing Discovery

Read an exclusive excerpt from Reinventing Discovery: When Amateurs Rival Professionals [PDF].

This week, it seems as though everyone is talking about an amazing breakthrough in AIDS research that was made possible by an online game called Foldit. Foldit is a terrific example of how open science can be a “research accelerator” and illustrates the benefits of crowdsourcing in high level research. But how does it work? Why is it so successful? And how can we get more of it to happen? Foldit is part of a larger revolution happening in science and Michael Nielsen’s new book Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science explains it all.

“For many participants, Foldit … [isn't] a guilty pleasure, like playing World of Warcraft or other online games. Instead, [it's] a way of contributing to something important to society,” writes Michael Nielsen in this exclusive free excerpt from his new book Reinventing Discovery: When Amateurs Rival Professionals [PDF].

Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science ships soon and you can pre-order a copy on our web site or via your favorite online retailer.

I also ran across a great web site at Scientific American where they profile these types of online collaborations. Check it out here.