Much of my research at the Media Lab in the next couple years is going to involve me trying to help make collaboration around chunks of text, both code and other types of creative works, more effective and efficient.
To prime myself a bit, I’m participating in a class on Computer Supported Cooperative Work being taught in the the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (!!). This week we’re reading about group theory including the book Groups: Interaction and Performance by Joseph Edward McGrath. The professor suggested that we could start on Chapter 3. Chapter 3 begins:
Science is the systematic use of theoretical and empirical methods to try to increase understanding of some set of phenomena or events.
If the third chapter begins by defining science, I can imagine why my professor thought the first two were unnecessary.