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Hello, Nielsen! Welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions to this free encyclopedia. If you decide that you need help, check out Getting Help below, ask me on my talk page, or place {{helpme}} on your talk page and ask your question there. Please remember to sign your name on talk pages by clicking Button sig.png or using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your username and the date. Finally, please do your best to always fill in the edit summary field. Below are some useful links to facilitate your involvement. Happy editing! SesquipedalianVerbiage (talk) 17:48, 20 June 2008 (UTC)
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Hi there! I'd just like to let you know that I love your book with Chuang. Thanks! Don't get too sucked into WP; keep up the good work in the real world... :) --SesquipedalianVerbiage (talk) 17:48, 20 June 2008 (UTC)

Thankyou :-) Michael Nielsen (talk) 18:04, 20 June 2008 (UTC)

A question...[edit]

I've always found the statement in your book (NC00, from memory) "z is pronounced 'zed' throughout this text" to be very funny (being English), but I've always worried that there was some deep scientific reason for this that I've overlooked. If you could put my mind at rest, I'd be most grateful :-) Yours --SesquipedalianVerbiage (talk) 22:43, 12 July 2008 (UTC)

I'm Australian, and my co-author, Ike Chuang, is American. One day we were arguing about which spelling to use throughout the book, and Ike stuck that sentence in as a joke. It went out in some of the early draft copies we sent to test readers. At some point one of us deleted it, but one of our eagle-eyed test readers complained! So back in it went :-) Michael Nielsen (talk) 21:50, 2 October 2008 (UTC)

Big data - back to life![edit]

You voted on the delete debate for the original entry Big data that was rm by admins. I came to Wikipedia for a definition and was stunned to see it was deleted! Please reenter the debate and help launch this article? jk (talk) 18:09, 22 April 2010 (UTC)

Use of quotation from book[edit]

Thankyou for pointing out the mistake in the GZ article; it was not malicious. As I have written as a reply in the article's talk page, I had paraphrased that section on page 142, and then sometime later written 'Michael Nielsen wrote', which suggested it was all one sentence. I have since used a two-sentence quote from your book, which is properly referenced. If you wish to remove it, then of course please do so. However it adds a lot to that section. The GZ article was a mess and out-of-date. I have been trying to rectify that and being able to use material from your book is invaluable. Rgds Richard Nowell (talk) 08:26, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, Richard, both for explaining, and for making the correction. By the way, the article as a whole is looking much better - great work! Michael Nielsen (talk) 01:37, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
It look's very much better now! On a different subject, in your book 'Re-inventing Discovery' (page 152) you write: "Will citizen science ever have a broad and decisive impact on how science is done? Or is it destined to be useful mainly in a few particular corners of science? I don't know the answer to these questions." I wonder if your thoughts had developed on the impact of citizen science, especially considering large sites such as Zooniverse, which has had over a million users? Richard Nowell (talk) 10:26, 28 July 2014 (UTC)