Science and Open Source

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"Science is ultimately an Open Source enterprise. The scientific method rests on a process of discovery, and a process of justification. For scientific results to be justified, they must be replicable. Replication is not possible unless the source is shared: the hypothesis, the test conditions, and the results...Where scientists talk of replication, Open Source programmers talk of debugging. Where scientists talk of discovering, Open Source programmers talk of creating. Ultimately, the Open Source movement is an extension of the scientific method, because at the heart of the computer industry lies computer science."

- http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/opensources/book/intro.html Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution 1st Edition January 1999, 1-56592-582-3, 280 pages