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Scholars at the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University have jointly created a free website, MathOverflow, which is transforming math research.

By linking questions and answers from participants, each small solution builds toward a larger understanding, accelerating research. And it proves that mass collaboration can greatly expand human problem-solving abilities.

"The idea is to have a place that is a repository of global knowledge," said Stanford professor Ravi Vakil, who supports the site through his research budget.

Less than a year old, MathOverflow 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.

See the complete story by Lisa M. Krieger of the Mercury News here.


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