Science: A Robot's Job

Nearly every science nowadays, even fleshy anthropology, is bogged down in figures which mean little until digested mathematically. Sometimes this chore is simple, requiring only an adding machine, or a pencil, paper and persistence. More often, as science takes off into thinner & thinner abstractions, each calculation is a double-jointed equation. There may be thousands to solve, each a mind-racking job. Most established research centers have bales of figures lying around which no one has time or courage to analyze.

To distill these bales into useful conclusions, scientists are turning to giant calculating...

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