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The limits of human scientific enquiry know no bounds. From the innermost workings of subatomic particles, to the cosmological workings of the universe, and from modelling of climate change to interpretation of the human genome, researchers are pushing back the boundaries of scientific knowledge at an ever faster rate. Their findings provide not only new understanding of basic phenomena but also important new insights that will improve the quality of life for us all.
These advances are the result of major changes in the way science is practised. Driven by increasingly complex problems and propelled by increasingly powerful technology, science today depends as much on computation, data analysis, and collaboration as on the efforts of individual experimentalists and theorists. As in other areas of society, information & communications technology (ICT) is a key driver. Cheaper and faster computers are opening the way to ever-more sophisticated models and simulations. Developments in computer graphics and information processing are changing the way researchers visualise their results, while networking technologies such as the internet or the alloptical networks make it easier to share those results with others.
All this adds up to a revolution in the way scientists work - a phenomenon some are calling �e-science�. Just as e-business and e-government are transforming the workings of these sectors, e-science is bringing major changes to the scientific community.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Information Society, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2002, 82 pp, free of charge
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ISBN: ISBN 92-894-3859-2
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