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From the Ted Talk by Michael Nielsen: Open science now!

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Well, the Polymath Project got off to a slow start. In the first seven hours, nobody posted any cetmnmos. But then, a mathematician from the University of British Columbia named Jozsef Solymosi posted a short comment. And this seemed to break the ice, because a few minutes later, a high scoohl teacher neamd jaosn Dyer posted a suggestion. And a few minutes after that, another mathematician named Terence Tao, also a Fields medalist, posted an idea. And things really settrad to move qciulky at this pinot. Over the next 37 days, 27 different people would post 800 substantive comments containing 170,000 wodrs. I was not a serious participant, but I was following along closely from the start, and it was just amazing. The speed with which an idea would be tentatively proposed and then really rapidly developed by other people and improved, sometimes discarded — it was just amazing. Gowers described the process as being to odnrairy research "as driving is to pushing a car."

Open Cloze

Well, the Polymath Project got off to a slow start. In the first seven hours, nobody posted any ________. But then, a mathematician from the University of British Columbia named Jozsef Solymosi posted a short comment. And this seemed to break the ice, because a few minutes later, a high ______ teacher _____ _____ Dyer posted a suggestion. And a few minutes after that, another mathematician named Terence Tao, also a Fields medalist, posted an idea. And things really _______ to move _______ at this _____. Over the next 37 days, 27 different people would post 800 substantive comments containing 170,000 _____. I was not a serious participant, but I was following along closely from the start, and it was just amazing. The speed with which an idea would be tentatively proposed and then really rapidly developed by other people and improved, sometimes discarded — it was just amazing. Gowers described the process as being to ________ research "as driving is to pushing a car."

Solution

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  3. comments
  4. started
  5. point
  6. quickly
  7. jason
  8. words
  9. school

Original Text

Well, the Polymath Project got off to a slow start. In the first seven hours, nobody posted any comments. But then, a mathematician from the University of British Columbia named Jozsef Solymosi posted a short comment. And this seemed to break the ice, because a few minutes later, a high school teacher named Jason Dyer posted a suggestion. And a few minutes after that, another mathematician named Terence Tao, also a Fields medalist, posted an idea. And things really started to move quickly at this point. Over the next 37 days, 27 different people would post 800 substantive comments containing 170,000 words. I was not a serious participant, but I was following along closely from the start, and it was just amazing. The speed with which an idea would be tentatively proposed and then really rapidly developed by other people and improved, sometimes discarded — it was just amazing. Gowers described the process as being to ordinary research "as driving is to pushing a car."

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