Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Fwd: Making sense in biology: an appreciation of Julian Lewis

A very sensitive and well written editorial.
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Making sense in biology: an appreciation of Julian Lewis:



In every scientific field, there comes a point when progress stops being limited by the pace at which data can be collected, and instead becomes limited by the pace at which data can be understood. The experience can be jarring, as biologists have recently come to learn. Having benefited from extremely rapid advances in data gathering, they are now facing a bewildering influx of missionaries from computer science, physics, mathematics and engineering, who preach ‘big data science’, ‘machine learning’, ‘network science’, ‘reverse engineering’, ‘informatics’, ‘emergent behaviors’, and ‘design principles’ as the secrets to making sense of the mountains of data that are piling up daily.

(Via BMC Biology - Latest articles.)