Michael Nielsen talking at Science Online London 2011
Michael Aaron Nielsen
January 4, 1974
|Alma mater||University of New Mexico|
|Awards||Richard C. Tolman Prize Fellow at Caltech, Fulbright Scholar|
|Fields||Physics, Computer science|
|Institutions||Los Alamos National Laboratory|
University of Queensland
|Doctoral advisor||Carlton M. Caves|
In 2004 Nielsen was characterized as Australia's "youngest academic" and secured a Federation Fellowship at the University of Queensland; the fellowship was for five years. He worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, as the Richard Chace Tolman Prize Fellow at Caltech, and a Senior Faculty Member at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Nielsen obtained his PhD in physics in 1998 at the University of New Mexico.
In 2007, Nielsen announced a marked shift in his field of research: from quantum information and computation to “the development of new tools for scientific collaboration and publication”. This work, for which he gave up a tenured academic position, includes "massively collaborative mathematics" projects like the Polymath project with Timothy Gowers. Besides writing books and essays, he has also given talks about Open Science. He was a member of the Working Group on Open Data in Science at the Open Knowledge Foundation.
He is the author of Reinventing Discovery. The book gives an account of Nielsen's vision of open science and collective intelligence. The book was reviewed favorably in Nature and was named one of the best books of 2011 by the Financial Times.
In 2015 Nielsen published the online textbook Neural Networks and Deep Learning. The same year he joined the Recurse Center as a Research Fellow. Since 2017 Nielsen works as a Research Fellow at Y Combinator Research.
In 2019 Nielsen collaborated with Andy Matuschak to develop Quantum Computing for the Very Curious, an interactive series of essays explaining quantum computing and quantum mechanics. With Patrick Collison he researched whether scientific progress is slowing down.
Nielsen resides in San Francisco.
- Nielsen, Michael A; Chuang, Isaac L., 1968- (2010), Quantum Computation and Quantum Information (New ed., 10th anniversary ed.), Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-1-107-00217-3CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
- Nielsen, Michael A. (2011). Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-14890-2. This book is based on themes that are also covered in his essay on the Future of Science.
- Nielsen, Michael A. (2015). Neural Networks and Deep Learning. Determination Press.
- http://michaelnielsen.org/blog/michael-a-nielsen/ About Michael Nielsen
- Michael Nielsen at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- "The Recurse Center". Recurse Center. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
- Maiden, Samantha (17 June 2004). "'Footbal star' salaries to boost academic research". The Australian. Canberra, ACT. p. 4. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
- Nielsen, Michael A.; Chuang, Isaac L. (2000). Quantum Computation and Quantum Information. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-63235-5. OCLC 43641333.
- Nielsen, Michael A.; Chuang, Isaac (2002). Quantum computation and quantum information. AAPT.
- Nielsen, M. A. (2004). "The bits that make up the Universe". Nature. 427 (6969): 16–17. Bibcode:2004Natur.427...16N. doi:10.1038/427016b.
- "Michael Nielsen » Changing fields". Retrieved 19 January 2009.
- Gowers, T.; Nielsen, M. (2009). "Massively collaborative mathematics". Nature. 461 (7266): 879–881. Bibcode:2009Natur.461..879G. doi:10.1038/461879a. PMID 19829354.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnWocYKqvhw TEDxWaterloo - Michael Nielsen - Open Science
- "Working Group on Open Data in Science". Retrieved 17 April 2009.
- Reinventing Discovery. 23 October 2011. ISBN 978-0-691-14890-8.
- https://www.recurse.com/blog/93-why-research Recurse Center Blog
- https://www.recurse.com/blog/83-michael-nielsen-joins-the-recurse-center-to-help-build-a-research-lab Recurse Center Blog
- "Michael Nielsen's website". Retrieved 15 July 2018.
- "Quantum Computing for the Very Curious". 18 March 2019. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
- Nielsen, Patrick Collison, Michael (16 November 2018). "Science Is Getting Less Bang for Its Buck". The Atlantic. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
- "michael_nielsen (@michael_nielsen) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
- "Michael Nielsen » The Future of Science". Retrieved 19 January 2009.
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