The New Einsteins Will Be Scientists Who Share
From cancer to cosmology, researchers could race ahead by working together—online and in the open
By MICHAEL NIELSEN Wall Street Journal OCTOBER 29, 2011In January 2009, a mathematician at Cambridge University named Tim Gowers decided to use his blog to run an unusual social experiment. He picked out a difficult mathematical problem and tried to solve it completely in the open, using his blog to post ideas and partial progress. He issued an open invitation for others to contribute their own ideas, hoping that many minds would be more powerful than one. He dubbed the experiment the Polymath Project.