Free from M$: The Fourth Paradigm: Data Intensive Scientific
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Free e-book from M$: The Fourth Paradigm: Data Intensive Scientific Discovery
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tinyurl.com/y92l4tg
(Note -- the link starts downloading the entire book - you may need to refresh -- it's about 95MB)

Here's the actual link (http left off as it's too long)

research.microsoft.com/en-us/UM/redmond/about/collaboration/fourthparadigm/4th_PARADIGM_BOOK_complete_HR.pdf

This is an important book on cloud computing and data sharing and how it affects the philosophy of science. They do include open source, though not by name.

Here are the 4 paradigms (the book is a tribute to Jim Gray, missing at sea since 2007, who foresaw the importance of data and the cloud before most scientists realized that a transformation was underway -- these words are his)
SCIENCE PARADIGMS:
Thousand years ago:
science was empirical
describing natural phenomena
Last few hundred years:
theoretical branch
using models, generalizations
Last few decades:
a computational branch
simulating complex phenomena
Today: data exploration (eScience)
unify theory, experiment, and simulation
Data captured by instruments
or generated by simulator
Processed by software
Information/knowledge stored in computer
Scientist analyzes database / files
using data management and statistics

Mike

< Edited by mdmarmer :: Dec 18, 09, 6:37 >

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sorry -- dbl post
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Bad link Mike?
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Yes the link was bad altho the address was correct. Because the address is so long, the forum software kept messing it up. I've corrected the link to a tinyurl in the post and also shown the address. The book is about 95MB long.
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