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《Science and Technology Innovation Herald》 2015-29
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Virtual Science:The Fifth Paradigm of Scientific Research

Liu Yidong;The Institute for the History of Natural Science,Chinese Academy of Sciences;  
Based on the division of the world into realand virtualones,and considers the use of virtual technology,electronic games and cyber games in scientific research,the paper proposes the concept of "Virtual Science"or"Virtual Reality Science"or"Game Science"and views it as"The Fifth Paradigm"in borrowing the idea of "The Fourth Paradigm"from Jim Gray.Further,it makes a preliminary discussion on the definition,elements,function of The Fifth Paradigm,and its relation with other four research paradigms.The paper points out that the virtual science can be used as a platform and it has the property of generality,so if the other four research paradigms can combine it within themselves,then the capability and application scope of them will be enhanced and expanded, it also emphasizes that the rise of virtual science is an important part of the Cloud Science Revolution.Finally,some policy recommendations are proposed in this paper to meet the arrival of the Virtual Science era.
【CateGory Index】: N03
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