I went to a very interesting Yale lecture yesterday by Tony Hey from Microsoft Research talking about the revolution of research needing to deal with the overwhelming amount of data. 

The 4 Research Paradigms Throughout History

1. Thousand years ago –  
Experimental Science
 – Description of natural phenomena

2. Last few hundred years
Theoretical Science 
– Newton’s Laws, Maxwell’s Equations

3. Last few decades
Computational Science – Simulation of complex phenomena

4. Today 
Data-Intensive Science
 – Scientists overwhelmed with data sets require a new generation of scientific computing tools to manage, visualize and analyze the data flood.

The key is moving data to knowledge


A few -interesting applications of this are:
Zoom Technology (Example Roman History)

Other resources:
Interesting article in NY Times:

List of Tools: 

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