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Do Science Research By Playing a Game

Fold It: Solve Puzzles for Science

And no, it isn’t researchers studying physiology in response to playing Tetris. This is a human-aided version of the protein folding research (previously being done by computers); it’s possible humans can do things better.

This left me wondering if there was some mathematical equivalent to this — solving open problems via posing them on a mass-intelligence page as puzzles. The best I could think of was an interactive version of this problem at Math Magic. It is possible some other recreational mathematics might work if modified, like a version of this card game Timothy Gowers recently wrote about.


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