Neil Chue Hong comments on software that transformed science in Nature

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Expert comment on article about computer codes which transformed science in Nature.

Enter the scientist-coder. A powerful computer is useless without software capable of tackling research questions — and researchers who know how to write it and use it. “Research is now fundamentally connected to software,” says Neil Chue Hong, director of the Software Sustainability Institute, headquartered in Edinburgh, UK, an organization dedicated to improving the development and use of software in science. “It permeates every aspect of the conduct of research.”

Scientific discoveries rightly get top billing in the media. But Nature this week looks behind the scenes, at the key pieces of code that have transformed research over the past few decades.

Period20 Jan 2021

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  • TitleTen computer codes that transformed science
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletNature
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    DescriptionFrom Fortran to, these advances in programming and platforms sent biology, climate science and physics into warp speed.
    Producer/AuthorJeffrey Perkel
    PersonsNeil Chue Hong