Archive for November, 2011

November 27th, 2011

Michael Nielsen discusses his new book “Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science”

What is the future of networked science and what does it mean? How will the next generation of scientists collaborate? How can scientists at universities and foundations who fund science better align themselves in a world of networked science? How can we encourage a culture of networked science among K-12 students?

Michael Nielsen, author of the new book "Reinventing Discovery"

In our newest podcast episode, Science House Foundation executive director Joshua Fouts speaks with author and scientist Michael Nielsen about all of this including the future of games in science.

Michael Nielsen is one of the world’s top pioneers of quantum computation. Together with Ike Chuang of MIT, he wrote the standard text on quantum computation, which is the most highly cited physics publication of the last 25 years, and one of the ten most highly cited physics books of all time according to Google Scholar. He is the author of more than fifty scientific papers, including invited contributions to Nature and Scientific American.

Our conversation begins with the story of when it was that Michael first knew he wanted to be a scientist — a question we ask all of our scientist guests. Michael shares with us the fascinating story of then-fifteen-year-old Irina Krush — now an International Master and Woman Grandmaster in the international chess circuit — and how in 1999 she appeared to significantly influence the crowd of people playing Gary Kasparov in an online competition.

It was a fascinating conversation. Let us know what you think.

Michael Nielsen discusses his new book “Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science” by ScienceHouseFdn

The book is a great story and highly recommended. It is accessible to both scientists and non-scientists alike. Michael is an excellent storyteller. The book is available through purchase on You can find a direct link off of Michael’s website here.

On our next episode we interview Dr. Ana Zeri of the Brazilian National BioSciences Laboratory.

See you then!