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Astrobites at AAS 233: Day 4

12 Jan 2019, 20:03 UTC
Astrobites at AAS 233: Day 4
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Welcome to the winter American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in Seattle, Washington! Astrobites is attending the conference as usual, and we will report highlights from each day here. If you’d like to see more timely updates during the day, we encourage you to search the #aas233 hashtag on twitter. We’ll be posting once a day during the meeting, so be sure the visit the site often to catch all the news!

Plenary Talk: The Era of Surveys and the Fifth Paradigm of Science (by Mia de los Reyes)“Science is changing,” says Alexander Szalay (Johns Hopkins University). Szalay began the first talk of the final day of #AAS233 by describing how the basic paradigm of science has shifted over time. He explained that science was for many centuries empirical, driven by observations of the natural world; as scientists began to explain these observations with underlying physics, it became predominantly theoretical. In recent decades, with the invention of computers, science became computational — and today, the growing dominance of “big data” is shifting science to a data-intensive paradigm.Szalay then described the scientific landscape in this data-intensive world: data is everywhere, and it grows as fast as our computing power! This is primarily ...

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