Stanford and UC Berkeley Create Massively Collaborative Math – 8-8-10 —  [via blog]

Scholars at U.S. universities UC Berkeley and Stanford have created a free website, MathOverflow, that is transforming math research. By linking questions and answers from hands-on users, each small solution builds toward a larger understanding, accelerating research and proving mass collaboration can greatly expand human problem-solving abilities.

Less than a year old, Math-Overflow is growing quickly. On a typical day, it receives about 30 new questions and more than 30,000 page views from 2,500 different users worldwide. Questions and answers get votes, based on popularity. Contributors include leading researchers, and half its traffic is international. Some questions have already led to research papers naming both the asker and “answerer” as co-authors.

Source: Mercury News [San Jose, California]



Also see:

nLab -- an open lab book for math, physics