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Thursday, August 5, 2010

More Polymath...

I've previously referenced Tim Gowers' collaborative Polymath Project (using the power of many to solve difficult math problems), and here's another nice article on it from Scientific American:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=problem-solved-tic-tac-toe-blog

The polymath blog is here:

http://polymathprojects.org/

And here's a more general wiki-page of various polymath projects:

http://michaelnielsen.org/polymath1/index.php?title=Main_Page

Lastly, in a related note, this recent interesting NY Times story reports how (non-scientist) video gamers have contributed to the understanding of complex biological protein-folding through the competitive (and collaborative) use of a  video game created for such purposes:
http://tinyurl.com/2gx3hw4

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